Well I had a great time at the National Museum of Mexican Art. I learned a lot about art from my Mexican heritage. For example there was an installation of a real sit-down lawn mower that looked a low-rider. I was interested in that piece, attracted to the golden steering wheel and seat. Our group took pictures in the NMMA as well as outside at a tree. We went on a walking tour of Pilsen. There were a few murals painted on the sides of buildings. One mural that stood out to me showed an old man laying down with barbed wire wrapping around him. That stood out to me because it seemed like the man was locked inside of the barbed wire and could not escape.
Now we are planning our last project. I have a couple of plans. I either want to create a song or a mural. I want to create a song that expresses the different things that we have done and worked on in Teen Council. I would create lyrics for the song, inspired by a workshop we had with Mel L. I was also thinking of creating a mural: there would be a lyrics of a song (that I wrote) on one side and then two people (representing Veterans) painted next to it.
NVAM Teen Council had the opportunity to plan and host a workshop for visiting after school group BuildOn from Schurz High School down the street! Teen Council Members decided to create a workshop using moving collages inspired by Mac MacDervitt using images that represent the theme of “peace”. Check out the gallery below of the day including response and reflections from the BuildOn Teens!
Mel is back at the National Veterans Art Museum as a part of the NVAM’s Creative Community workshop series and Chicago Artist Month! Mel L. is a hip hop artist with The Microphone Misfitz and Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq. Mel L. created “Evolution of War,” a graffiti mural installation, at the National Veterans Art Museum in 2011 and hosted “Identity and Representation,” a graffiti arts workshop in February 2014.
Why the Art of Self-Definition?
Most graffiti artists are self-taught. They came to the medium for self-expression, self-discovery, and the challenge and thrill of publicly expressing themselves as artists. We invite you to join us in this workshop and to claim your own identity as an artist. No prior experience needed; all artists must begin somewhere. Being an artist is a choice: come learn techniques of spray paint art and learn to see yourself as an artist.
NVAM Teen Council has begun, it is just the beginning but we are already doing some amazing things…
At the end of the first week on Saturday October 4th, 2014, NVAM TC members helped with a local cultural event: Our Portage, celebrating the 1 year anniversary of Portage by Ted Sitting Crow Garner. Portage is an aluminum sculpture by located on Cicero at Six Corners tributing the Native American Heritage of of the area. The teens set up a string of rope and colorful ribbons noting the pathway of a parade that passerbys could write positive messages on. After the parade, NVAM TC participated in an Exquisite Corpse workshop at the NVAM as a part of Chicago Artists Month. Participants were introduced to contemporary veteran artists work and processes. Then everyone got together to start the process of making exquisite corpses and participants ranged from the veteran artists, NVAM staff, NVAM TC, young children and their families, the public from Our Portage and more. Check the NVAM Out Loud Gallery soon for photos of the Exquisite Corpses!