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!
Throughout the exciting times I’ve had at NVAM, I have to say that I was not prepared for this. When I first entered the Cultural Center where Destination Chicago was being held I immediately got lost in the artwork on the first floor, but then i realized that the show was actually being held on the second floor. So as I walked up the stairs I simply fell in love with the building’s architecture, entered through a long hall,was greeted by some nice people who directed me to my table, then I helped set up.
During the time that I was helping with our own table I never looked up once, but when I did I was so surprised… Never have I ever seen so many Art types in one place made by people and teens you interact with almost every day. I was so happy to be a part of that environment because I was filled in a room of people like me who shared my interest in art as well as their own opinions on what they believe art really is.
When the show officially started, things seemed to just keep getting better. First, there was the first wave of people coming in, and their excitement in our displays was so great. It was honestly a new feeling to me because these were children younger than me who respected art for what it is and not just a picture or random object.As the show continued more and more people came, but that wasn’t as exciting as one of the main visitors that came in and took a leisurely stroll around viewing our artwork. It was Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and he really did seem busy, but even so he took the time out of HIS day to look at OUR art which is one of the reasons that he gets respect from me, because showing your appreciation in art like he did just makes me so happy to be an artist as well as a respected human being. Hopefully more memories like this will be made…and if I’m lucky they will come very soon.
Well that’s how my experience at Destination Chicago went….(not to mention i got lost downtown looking for the building and i was directly across the street from it) even so good memories come in different shapes and form. This is just one of mine.
When Walter Reed gave us his background and experience in the Holocaust, I felt as if he impacted my full view on war. He told us their is never a winner, only losses due to war. Every person who is killed, is murdered and it does not matter if you were doing to protect your country it is still an act of murder. When Walter said this I felt as if he had opened my eyes to see clearly now. Ned Ricks is also an amazing Veteran, but his look on war and having an army was seemingly positive and something that we needed. Both of these great veterans were opposites of each other. I learned from both from these two amazing people.
These four past weeks at NVAM have thought me a lot about art that I didn’t know, and gave me experiences I have never had. For example, I have never drew about my memories and I have never combined my memories with anyone else’s memories. One thing I learned from talking to veterans and learning from their experiences is that once you shoot a human being it stays with you forever, and before I came to NVAM I thought once you kill a person you never think about it again, and go on with your life.
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.
During the past few weeks of program, I have had the opportunity to meet with several veterans at the museum. This week we were able to meet two veterans, Ned Ricks and Walter Reed, who spoke to us about their experiences in war. Speaking to veterans and being able to listen to their stories has allowed me to realize that every single veteran has a different story to tell, even though they have all experienced war. Each veteran has different opinions about politics, current events, etc., and it is amazing to see how these veterans, who have all somehow been involved in war have so many different things to say.
Ned and Walter were veterans. I learned so much from them. They both gave reasons as to why I should cherish my life and be more grateful for the life I have. Also that I shouldn’t waste my youth because some people didn’t have one.
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.
This week at the National Veteran Art Museum, it’s very fun because I learned I can paint with forts and with other materials. I can make a beautiful abstract painting and at the end I can see an image in it. I learned that I can find an image in a scribble. I also learned how adding your feelings to a painting or a drawing can tell a story. I feel that art can help people share their feelings without speaking or telling the story to people. That people can see the story without asking questions about the the painting or drawing.
Even though its only been a week I’ve learned so much! Ive learned that art isnt always about controling the outcome but sometimes letting it form by itself. Just let it go with the flow~ Also Forks are awesome art tools :3
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.