O-riginal Art Activities

O-riginal Art Activities: Symmetrical Dream Drawing Inspired by Minnie Evans

Español abajo Illustrate your dreams as Minnie Evans has done. Minnie Evans was a visionary artist – her ideas came to her in her dreams. She also drew inspiration from the gardens where she worked. A number of her works feature a symmetrical face surrounded by flora and fauna. Many cultures believe dreams connect us…

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O-riginal Art Activities: 3D Assemblage Inspired by Melvin Edwards

Español abajo Inspired by Melvin Edwards’ metal work, build an aluminum assemblage. Melvin Edwards is known for his dense, metal assemblages that honor the connection between African and African American art. Edward’s great-great-great grandfather was a West African blacksmith and the African continent has, in his words, “always been there for me in one way…

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O-riginal Art Activities: Abstract Portrait Inspired by Horton Humble

Español abajo Inspired by Horton Humble’s Scattered Sight, illustrate your inner thoughts as an abstract self-portrait. Horton Humble is a member of Level Artist Collective, and a native son of New Orleans. Humble grew up primarily in the Sixth Ward – popularly known today as the Faubourg Tremé. Horton’s work is greatly influenced by his…

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O-riginal Art Activities: Paper Sculpture Inspired by Kevin Cole

Español abajo Explore pattern and repetition in this week’s O-riginal Art Activity. Weave a paper sculpture inspired by Kevin Cole. Kevin Cole is an Arkansas-born, Atlanta-based art professor and multimedia artist. Cole’s colorful mixed media pieces share a common curvilinear theme to explore black oppression and marginalization in the Southern United States. The necktie –…

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O-riginal Art Activities: Mixed Media Collage Inspired by Thornton Dial

The O-riginal Art Activity explores Thornton Dial’s choice of materials and his use of the tiger symbol in his work. Create your own symbol of strength using found objects. Thornton Dial’s work often draws from his personal experiences of living as an African American man in the South, depicting a range of subjects from race…

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O-riginal Art Activities: Geometric Abstract Collage Inspired by Eugene Martin

Explore the exhibition What Music is Within: Black Abstraction from the Permanent Collection through this abstract collage activity inspired by Eugene Martin. Use shape, color and line to create a geometric art piece.   Eugene Martin is best known for his imaginative, complex mixed media collages on paper, His signature style, a blend of soft organic…

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O-riginal Art Activities: Drape Painting Inspired by Sam Gilliam

Push the boundaries of traditional painting with Gilliam’s revolutionary 3D format. Combine painting and sculpture in this abstract art. Sam Gilliam was the first artist to create paintings that weren’t square or rectangular shaped, held tightly in place between wooden frames. He also focused on making paintings without paintbrushes, dipping, dyeing, staining, and splattering his…

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O-riginal Art Activities: Paper Monument Inspired by John Isiah Walton

Last night’s O-riginal Art Activity explored monuments and the stories they tell, examining John Isiah Walton’s paintings. Imagine a new monument for New Orleans. John Isiah Walton, a native New Orleanian, creates paintings that pulsate with the rhythms of contemporary New Orleans music and dance. In his most recent work, Walton explores issues of race,…

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O-riginal Art Activities: Symmetrical Drawing Inspired by Thomas Deaton

Last night’s O-riginal Art Activity dove into architecture and place, examining Thomas Deaton’s paintings. Complete the image using symmetry. Thomas Deaton’s work focuses on snapshots of Southern people and places, often in moments of reflection and change in lives that are touched by influences varying from the mundane, the criminal, to the supernatural or uncanny….

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