In January, I was asked to be the guest on the NVAM CanTV show Veterans Arts On Air with host Melvin Lyons. We spent the 20 minute show talking about the exciting work being made by NVAM Teen Council and upcoming events at the NVAM in 2015. One of my favorite parts of the show takes place at minute marker 11:00 where I share a favorite experience meeting a veteran who is a part of the 100 Faces of War Experience Exhibition which opened on Veterans Day 2014 and is on display at the NVAM through May 2015. These interactions with the veterans and artists is part of what makes our museum unique and builds meaningful conversations about the role of art making in building community and intergenerational relationships between youth and veterans. Check it out!
PS– being on TV is exciting a fun– I highly recommend it!
I created this piece to show how although there is violence in the world, there is still hope. This piece is to create a type of peace and although things may look bad now, if you really think hard and believe in yourself, it can come out right. I used this collage to make a message to everyone that the government isn’t as honest as they say they are and safe. But we, as individuals and as a group, need to come together to get through this, to unite as one and this where my collage comes from. You can see that the different parts all come together to form as a big whole this is what i am trying to get at.
This is what i am. these are the things that i chose that i think best expresses me. Like the microphone, that symbolizes that im a poet/mc, and i like to say what i think. Or the word LIFE that is in different colors. this to me means that life is filled with beauty and is bright and very amazing. I also chose the two words, Golden Thoughts, because your thoughts are golden. Everything you think has a meaning whether you know it or not and its worth alot of things.
It’s been a quiet week here at NVAM. I came in Tuesday in a rush to get things done by 1pm only to realize that the program had ended and I wouldn’t be greeted by the usual sounds of rummaging through art materials, shaking of spray cans and all the smiles and laughter I looked forward to every afternoon. *sigh* The work space is still filled with all the residual art making bits and pieces– sketches and practice pieces, folders of notes and idea maps. I MISS OUR TEENS!!
The good news…… August 14 we will it will be #25memories part 2 as we showcase all the amazing art made by the teen apprentices at the Destination Chicago event at the Chicago Cultural Center from 11am-3pm!! (come by and visit us! We are showing tons of work and the blog right next to our partners YouMedia!)
AND!!! Teen council will start up in September! Woo hoo! Stay tuned for details! (and email firstname.lastname@example.org if you or someone you know is interested in signing up!)
I wrote this because Ned had a very positive attitude, especially compared to most veterans who visit. He talked about serving as if he really liked it, which most veterans don’t. Ned was really funny too, as was Walter. However, Walter was way more serious than Ned. He was mostly serious, but he did crack a couple jokes every now and then. They were both really cool people, and I had fun meeting the two of them and hearing their stories.
For my final project, I’m going to make a portrait collage that is made from pictures that symbolizes the memories of my past. To show how these events have created me to the person I am today. It would be a combination of painting, drawings, and magazines on a 16 x 20 canvas.
Ned seems different from other veterans. He seems very silly and positive compared to the other veterans we had so far. Ned chose to go into war instead of being drafted in. I think the fact that his family has always been in the military influenced him to go into the military also. I think it was the fact that it was a choice made him more positive than other veterans. He was proud of doing his part for his country.
Walter was very different compared to Ned. He was more serious and has a more negative view on war. Walter told us how he tried to dispose of all the equipment he used from during the war. It wasn’t until later when he recovered a jacket he was honored with from battle that made him want to remember the times he had through the Holocaust and World War II. Walter was strong and war took much away from him
The artist seems to like tigers because he has something that looks like a tiger in four of the six pieces he has on the current gallery floor. All of his pieces are very creepy, and my four favorite works by him are all very colorful as well.
Arcade Barker is my favorite of the following four by Yohnka: Scary-Go-Round, Arcade Barker, Shell Game, and Dodge’m. It seems to have bunnies striped with tiger-like patterns, but each has its own unique color. Everything with a face in this piece has rather sharp teeth, including these bunnies. This may be one reason why it’s so disturbing. I notice that the bunnies seem to be defying gravity. They are running around two circles that are positioned toward the top of the painting. I also notice that all of the bunnies on the right are running in the same direction. However on the circle to the left of the piece, two of the three bunnies are running clockwise, while the other is running counter-clockwise into one of the others. I find this quite strange and interesting. The being that is front-and-center in this piece has a tiger head but a human body. It looks as if he is welcoming people to the arcade. There are two sets of three guns each on each side of him. They are standing upright against each other. There is a blue, red, and yellow rifle in each set. I notice that the set on the left of the painting has a red rifle on the left, blue toward the back, and yellow on the right. From this set to the one on the right, it seems that the colors rotated clockwise because the red is now toward the back, the blue on the right, and the yellow on the left. There is also another figure to the right of the tiger-headed man who seems to be wearing a party hat. This character has a red dot on each cheek and a red dot in the middle of three vertically-positioned dots on the hat. The other two dots on the hat are blue. This character seems to be wearing a uniform, while the tiger-headed character is shirtless. I think there are targets all around this arcade game. I guess players need to shoot, or try to shoot, the targets with the rifles on the left and right. There is also three ghost-looking things above the tiger head. They seem to be hanging from poles or something attached to their backs. It looks like one of these ghost creatures is waving. Another thing I found odd about this piece is that these three ghosts look very friendly but the bunnies mentioned earlier look very scary and threatening. This is strange to me because usually it is the opposite. Bunnies are usually portrayed as very friendly and cute creatures, while ghosts are usually very scary. This piece is very pleasing to the eye because it is so colorful and fun to look at for me beacuse I find something new in it each time I look at it.
A finished work of art looks like whatever the artist wants it to look like. Other people may look at a piece of artwork and think that is is not finished, However, it may, indeed, be finished, according to the artist. It all depends on the artist’s vision on what he/she tried to do with the piece.
A finished work of art is something that the artist is proud of and something that requires nothing else to be added to it. An unfinished work of art is something that require some finishing touches or some changes. It can be something an artist is still working on or not yet proud of.
For the first week of this program, it has been very interesting and fun. The idea of learning about veterans and learning different art techniques has been fun. I like the fact that the program is taken place in a veterans museum. All the artifacts in the museum shows deep emotions and contains a story. I learned that I need to be more flexible. I keep tying back to the same basic layout and methods, but I feel like this program can help me on it. Its fun to collaborate with other people and see their ideas. I’m excited to see what else will come from this program.
This week I learned how uptight I am. I have always known what I like so this week was the first time it struck me how badly I deal with others’ assistance or opinions. Because we focused so strongly on these elements in particular, through projects such as consequences and exquisite corpses, I had a very rough start. I don’t really enjoy sharing my art with others mid-process because of the release of control that it requires, and I was tested by the collaborations and restrictions placed on us for the first few projects. As it turned out, however, I made a piece that I was relatively happy with. The assignment was to paint an abstract picture with no preconceived images of what we wanted to make. We had to paint with weird materials such as forks and string and just let our emotions take over. The third of the three paintings that I made surprised me because I actually liked the final product. Hopefully I will get better at loosening up as the weeks progress.
Thoughout this week I did many new things. The drawing was fun although I wasn’t very good at it. The painting was really messy, but I enjoyed it. The hands on art was my favorite, such as the sculpture we made. its been a great experience working with other people, and it really opens my eyes. Although there have been things I’ve faced that I thought I couldn’t do, I was influenced to try and have fun. My favorite activity was the painting we did yesterday, because it taught me that not all art was thought of, but it came naturally. Therefore we don’t have to overthink our art, but just let it happen on its own. I learned many different new techniques in art that I didn’t know. I would have never imagined to find a picture in scribbles. I think I would only need to improve on communication and not to give up when I think I can’t accomplish something.
I had fun making the exquisite corps pictures on Tuesday and finding out that my Spider-Man ended up becoming Spider-Mermaid. I also really enjoyed painting for the first time yesterday. I really liked the second piece that I painted. I found it intersting that you can paint randomly and actually get a good final product.
I also enjoyed my second time sculpting, which was also yesterday. The first time I sculpted, I made Venom from the Spider-Man comics. Yesterday, I made some cool bird feet for the exquisite corps sculptures. I think I’m actually pretty good at sculpting.
My favorite pieces of artwork here at the museum are all by Richard Yohnka They are four of the six he has here in the current gallery: Shell Game, Dodge’m, Scary-Go-Round, and Arcade Barker.
I kind of didn’t like doing the collage project. I did, however, have fun going outside to take pictures and writing about a memory(ies). I also didn’t really enjoy doing the experimental drawing that we did yesterday. The reason is because I didn’t really find anything in my scribbles un til the very end, and what I did find wasn’t really exciting.
During this week’s art projects I enjoyed testing my art skills on a few things that I’ve never tried before…(exquisite corpse). I learned that there are ways to express yourself in ways that are unknown to you in the beginning, but that are realized in the end. An art prject that showed me this was “Free Thinking”, which is a process of finding pictures that you see in doodles and scribbles. Through these projects and making new friends, things I learned that art isn’t just made of mainstream ideas. They are instead made of ideas in general, be it small and spontaneous or ones that are over thought. I also learned that painting and not having control over the idea of what to paint can also be fun because in the end result you get art work that will even surprise you. Not to mention doing these things with other people who feel exactly as you do is just awesome.
During my first week at the National Veterans Art Museum, I was really engaged in all the different works of art. I learned so much about collaborating with others through art and even though it was challenging and forced me to step out of my comfort zone, it was loads of fun. When the week first started, we began creating exquisite corpses where a large piece of paper was folded into three parts and then three different people would draw various body parts to form a unique corpse. At first I was worried that the people next in line to draw would ruin what I began, but in the end they all ended up really cool and better than what I had imagined! Continue reading “Week 1 Reflection: Natalia S.”
June 27, 2014
This week we made exquisite corpse drawings, sculptures, and picture collages. We also experimented with abstract art to let out our emotions without thinking. I felt that the exquisite corpse drawing was my strong suit because even though, we only had five minutes to do our part of the figure, I could insert details and use my favorite medium: markers.
This week was also the first time I tried sculpting. I enjoyed it because I could make the separate parts and then put them together so they were proportional. I did not like the abstract paintings because I had no control and I could not add details.
Interests in Art: Drawing, Coloring with colored pencils
Why I’m at NVAM: I am very interested in history and love art, so this place was perfect for me since it is a veterans art museum. The veteran part about it is related to the history of war, but the museum is actually all about art. I came here for an interview before I started working here, and I loved everything I saw.
Fun Fact: I am really into comic books and comic book characters. I also really love video games and movies.
My name is Victor Salgado. I am 13 years of age. The school that I am going to go to is Kelvyn Park High School. What I am Interested in doing (artwise) is sculptures, mole making. The type of thing I like doing while I am making art is listening to music, either Dubstep or hip hop rap. I am at the NVAM (National Veterans Art Museum) because I am Learning about the veterans that were at war, Also new ways to make art.
My name is Amy H. and I am 15 years old. I am going to be a sophomore in Lincoln Park High School. I am in the IB program there. In art, I am interested in painting, stenciling and mixed media. Other than art, I listen to hip hop, rap, and EDM music. Continue reading “Artist Bio: Amy H.”