O-riginal Art Activities

O-riginal Art Activities: Giving Thanks and Remembering the History of the Americas

Español abajo Learn about the first people that lived in the Americas and create artwork inspired by this history.   New Orleans is referred to as Bulbancha by the Choctaw meaning “the place of many languages” or “the place of many tongues”. The city occupies the territory and traditional homelands of the Chahta Yakni (Choctaw) and…

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O-riginal Art Activities: Geometric Collage Inspired by Joey Slaughter

Español abajo Create a colorful geometric collage in this O-riginal Art Activity inspired by Joey Slaughter. Joey Slaughter earned his BFA from Memphis College of Art and his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Upon graduating Cranbrook, Slaughter was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant. He has also received the Louisiana Division of the Arts…

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O-riginal Art Activities: Monochromatic Landscape Inspired by Abbey Kuhe

Español abajo Connect to nature in this O-riginal Art Activity inspired by Abbey Kuhe. In E.O. Wilson’s Biophilia, the author reminds the modern reader that the long evolution of homo sapien occurred within an environment we have only very recently differentiated as “nature”. Through ceramics Abbey Kuhe explores the histories of our extractive economies and the species that we…

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O-riginal Art Activities: Abstract Collage Inspired by Michael Eble

Español abajo Explore collage in this O-riginal Art Activity inspired by Michael Eble. Michael Eble was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He received a BFA in painting from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Mississippi, in Oxford, Mississippi. He is currently Curator of Events…

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O-riginal Art Activities: Magic Resist Painting for Halloween

Español abajo Use your Halloween magic to create a spooky resist painting and watch as your drawing appears. Supplies Cardstock or Watercolor Paper, White Crayon, Washable Markers, Brush Instructions Step 1: What is your favorite thing about Halloween? Think about what you want to draw. Maybe you can draw something spooky like a spider’s web,…

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O-riginal Art Activities: Black Lives Matter Inspired by Mike Hartnett

Español abajo Imagine a world without racism in this O-riginal Art Activity inspired by Mike Hartnett’s photography. Mike Hartnett is a photographer based in New Orleans. His work ranges from portraits to documenting his neighborhood and the culture of New Orleans. Supplies Paper, Color Pencils, Pen, Pencil Instructions Step 1: The Black Lives Matter movement has…

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O-riginal Art Activities: Exploring Skin Tones Inspired by Kara Crowley

Español abajo Celebrate diversity and learn about your own unique skin tone in this activity inspired by Kara Crowley. Kara Crowley is an artist who embraces black culture through social issues and positive representation through her own artistic interpretations. Kara’s time with YAYA and at Xavier University of Louisiana molded her into the artist she is today and has also…

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O-riginal Art Activities: Found Object Assemblage Inspired by Jeffrey Cook

Español abajo Create an assemblage out of objects found in your house or neighborhood. Jeffrey Cook was born in New Orleans in 1961, and was raised in the culturally rich neighborhood of Central City. Cook pursued a dance career that took him around the world touring. In the mid-80s, Cook returned to New Orleans, establishing…

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O-riginal Art Activities: Found Object Broom Sculpture Inspired by Friendswood Brooms

Español abajo Get inspired by nature and create a paper broom sculpture. Using natural wood or antler handles, the Gates family wraps and binds the broomcorn using traditional techniques inspired by Shaker and Appalachian designs. The Gates family practices a technique of binding dating back to the 1790s, using just one nail and pressure to wrap…

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