O-riginal Art Activities

O-riginal Art Activities: Abstract Collage Inspired by Dusti Bongé

The O-riginal Art Activity pays homage to one of the South’s prominent abstract expressionists Dusti Bongé. Use collage to create an abstract piece. Dusti Bongé created a body of work that moved from figurative and Cubist depictions of her Mississippi home in the 1930s, through a period of Surrealism and into an Abstract Expressionist style…

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O-riginal Art Activities: Soft Sculptures/Esculturas Suaves Inspired by Margarita Cabrera

The O-riginal Art Activity takes a close look at the experiences of immigrants through Margarita Cabrera’s esculturas suaves (soft sculptures). Use paper to create a soft sculpture inspired by a long journey. Margarita Cabrera focuses on social-political community issues including cultural identity, migration, violence, inclusivity, labor and empowerment, Cabrera creates sculptures made out of materials…

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O-riginal Art Activities: Still Life Collage Inspired by Benny Andrews

Last night’s O-riginal Art Activity highlighted Benny Andrews who incorporated fabric into his paintings, creating a signature look with textured surfaces. Use fabric and collage to create a still life. Benny Andrews is known for his use of collage and fabric in his paintings. He often depicts people and scenes from daily life, especially highlighting…

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O-riginal Art Activities: Geometric Collage Inspired by George Andrews

This O-riginal Art Activity takes a look at George Andrews’ signature style. Use geometric shapes and dots to create your own dot artwork. George Andrews was the patriarch of a highly creative family of artists and writers, who were deeply rooted in rural Georgia. Adorning rocks, furniture, women’s shoes and “anything that did not move,”…

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O-riginal Art Activities: Abstract Drawing Inspired by Willie White

Last night’s O-riginal Art Activity explored abstract art through Willie White’s colorful drawings. Create an abstract drawing using color, line and shape. Willie White was born in 1910 in Natchez, Mississippi to a farming couple. He later moved to New Orleans where he worked as a waiter. Inspired by the artists in the French Quarter,…

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O-riginal Art Activities: Pattern Collage Inspired by Walter Anderson

Last night’s O-riginal Art Activity explored Walter Anderson’s love of nature and fascination with pattern. Create your own Walter Anderson inspired collage utilizing repetition. Mississippi artist, Walter Anderson, used seven motifs to create his paintings and ceramics. Anderson is known for his use of repetition to create his watercolors depicting nature. Supplies List: Markers, Glue, Cardstock,…

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

The most recent O-riginal Art Activity pay tribute to Jeffrey Cook. Inspired by his use of recycled materials, this activity utilizes paper to construct a sculpture. Explore the meaning of home and create your paper house. Jeffrey Cook was a New Orleans artist from Central City. He was known for his use of found objects…

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O-riginal Art Activities: Housing Native Bees Inspired by Shawn Hall

Last night’s O-riginal Art Activity explored the ways in which you can help native bees thrive. Learn the importance of protecting and nurturing native bee species through the exhibition What are Native Bees, Y’all?  Do your part! Construct a habitat for native bees and other beneficial insects. Born in Ann Arbor, MI, Shawn Hall has…

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O-riginal Art Activities: Representing Native Bees Inspired by Shawn Hall

The O-riginal Art Activity takes a detailed look into the lives of bees. Learn the difference between a honey bee and a native bee by exploring the exhibition What are Native Bees, Y’all?  Draw a native bee with all of its physical attributes. Born in Ann Arbor, MI, Shawn Hall has lived and worked in…

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