Using Alfonso Ossorio as our inspiration, we created little Ossorio Assemblages on cardboard for drop-in-art at the OKCMOA in June.
Assemblage in art is a 3-D composition put together with found objects...or in our case an odd variety of purchased item you can get at a hardware store, craft store or dollar store.
I laid out the items in assembly line fashion for the kids to choose their objects.
electrical items from hardware store
random plastic toys I bought at a dollar store.
Recycle! So many things to save lids for!
CAUTION: We did use glue guns to assemble our pieces for instant hold. Parents and I were there to assist younger children. You could use a craft glue and wait for your piece to dry, but it just may not hold some of the items.
To take this project further you could paint a small canvas or board and lay your objects on top of it.
We had a great time and here are some of the finished pieces!
You will need: -background piece of heavy cardboard, wood, canvas etc. to assemble pieces on -fun objects either made or found! -hot glue -imagination!
Summer is passing by quickly and I have mainly been enjoying this time with my family. We have had so many fun things going on. Lounging poolside, playing games, building a hotel-elevator and all!, nature outings and projects, gardening, zoo visits, hanging with friends, cooking out, hiking, building campfires-eating hobo dinners and smores!, reading, playing school, many adventures, arts gallore and so much more. I am teaching once a month at the museum. My classes might be full, but please come see me for drop-in-art!
July 10th we will be making Design and go Costumes. Aug 14th we will be painting O'Keeffe Flowers
I have been fortunate to share art with kids at the OKCMOA for a few years. I am still amazed when I walk in the doors and I never take for granted the awesome exhibits and pieces from the permanent collection I am able to see anytime I want.
New to me though, on my own, is working with Metropolitan Library System.
I have done outreach through the museum with the MLS on a few occasions, but this summer it's just me! I have been visiting different libraries around the OKC area bringing art to a lot of kiddos. We have been busy making artist trading cards and learning about printmaking. I have met so many neat kids and parents. I have seen a lot of talent and ambition this summer. Kids hungry for art. Eating through supplies faster than I can buy them. Not only from my own children, but from kids all over the city. It continues the battle in me...artist vs. educator. What do I really want to be when I grow up? Can I really be both?
Do you know what you want to be when you grow up? ;)
Wife, Mom, Artist and Education Coordinator at City Arts Center. I believe art is a child's first written language. They have a creative spirit and imagination others tend to lose as they grow up. Many famous artists have tried to duplicate the way children paint and draw knowing that children have a true artistic bravery, unafraid and unabashed. I have the wonderful opportunity to share art with children and watch this process unfold. It truly is magical.