O-riginal Art Activities

O-riginal Art Activities: Calligraphy Self-Portrait Inspired by Sister Gertrude Morgan

Español abajo Create your own self-portrait with an important message! Sister Gertrude Morgan, Self-Portrait / Revelations, 1965, Mixed media on paper Sister Gertrude Morgan was born in Alabama in 1900 and moved to New Orleans in the 1930s, where she was a street preacher for several years. Along with two other female street preachers, Sister…

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O-riginal Art Activities: Symmetrical Painting Inspired by Minnie Evans

Español abajo Create your own symmetrical abstract painting! Minnie Evans, Untitled, c. 1970, Mixed media on paper Minnie Evans was an artist who spent most of her life in Wilmington, North Carolina. She served as a gatekeeper at the famous Arlie Gardens for several years and much of her work is inspired by the beautiful…

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O-riginal Art Activities: Abstract Landscape Drawing Inspired by Will Henry Stevens

Español abajo Create an abstract drawing of a nature scene near you. Will Henry Stevens, Abstract Mississippi River, 1942, Pastel on paper Will Henry Stevens was an artist from Indiana who lived in New Orleans for several years. He is known for his geometric abstraction and his en plein air paintings and geometric landscapes of…

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O-riginal Art Activities: Wooden Sculpture Inspired by John Barnes

Español abajo Create a sculptural piece that utilizes repetition and pattern. John Barnes is a sculptor who predominately creates wood assemblages. Barnes first took an interest in art when he enrolled in the Baton Rouge public school system, but his passion flourished while enrolled at Southern A&M University. Using wood found in his Algiers neighborhood,…

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O-riginal Art Activities: Paper Sculpture Inspired by Jeffrey Cook

Español abajo Create a sculptural piece that has a special secret surprise within it. Jeffrey Cook was a New Orleans artist from the Central City neighborhood. He was known for his use of recycled and found objects in his sculptural works. Supplies Recycled Boxes, Paper, Tape, Scissors, Pencil, Markers Instructions   Step 1: Think about a…

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O-riginal Art Activities: Paper Chain Installation Inspired by Melvin Edwards

Español abajo Create a chain installation symbolizing strength. 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 or another.” Blacksmithing is…

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O-riginal Art Activities: Teacher Appreciation Week

Español abajo Send your teacher a message of gratitude this week for Teacher Appreciation Week. Supplies Paper, Pencil, Markers Instructions   Step 1: Show your appreciation for your teacher during Teacher Appreciation Week. In this time of social distancing, send a virtual hug, high five or emoji. Step 2: Decide what image you want to draw….

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O-riginal Art Activities: Wrapped Sculpture Inspired by Sharon Kopriva

Español abajo Explore texture and wrapping in this O-riginal Art Activity inspired by Sharon Kopriva. Sharon Kopriva, a Texas native, who currently works in Houston, Texas and Hope, Idaho. Sharon combines two-and three dimensional media with fusions of papier-mâché and found objects. Her career has taken her through investigations of pre-Colombian cultures in Peru, examinations…

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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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