Friday, June 12, 2015

Drinking Gourd Map Murals Readied For Festival

We spent the afternoon putting finishing touches on the murals, getting ready for the Festival on Tuesday that will include a reception and a concert by the Nalle All Stars. 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Bold Butterfly Books

Students at Nalle ES finished their custom butterfly books using papers painted with salt. The bright, bold colors were painted with liquid watercolor. The textured effect was created by sprinkling salt into the wet pigment. The lyrics from Mrs. Cunningham's Butterfly song was written inside. This session marked the last session of 10 in the Kennedy Center custom art residency.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Drinking Gourd Festival Marks End of Collaborative Art Residency

The Drinking Gourd Festival is an artistic and musical celebration of the song "Follow the Drinking Gourd" and the Underground Railroad.  Little Lights Arts presents The Drinking Gourd Festival in partnership with the Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library on Tuesday June 16th at 11:30 am -  3660 Alabama Avenue SE Washington DC 20020. Come see the amazing 8-panel paper collage mural created in my art residency in cooperation with Nalle Music teacher, Mrs. Cunningham. 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Final Lessons in Drinking Gourd Residency- Lesson 8

In this last session of the Follow the Drinking Gourd Music Map Murals residency students worked hard to add all the finishing touches to the mural and checked to make sure each section relates to a verse in the song lyrics. During the course of the residency, students also learned the Follow The Drinking Gourd song. The 8-part mural will be on exhibit at a special Drinking Gourd Festival on June 16, 2015. Nalle Stars Children's Chorus will also perform. The artwork will be on display through July 16, 2015 at the Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library in Washington, D.C. 

Student making collage flowers to add to the mural.