ATTENTION- RAIN DATE
We regret to inform you that unfortunately due to a 50% chance of rain, Thea Paves the Way has been rescheduled to next Saturday from 8 AM to 12 PM.
We hope to see you all next Saturday.
Thea Paves the Way
Thea Foundation’s annual sidewalk chalk event, Thea Paves the Way, will be held Saturday, September 10, 2016, from 8 a.m. to 12p.m. on the front lawn of the William J. Clinton Presidential Library, where dozens of school, family, church, and community groups will share in the creative effort to cover the sidewalks in vibrant chalk art. This year Ms. Schultz, Ms. McSpadden, and Ms.Higgins will have space reserved for our amazing students from Episcopal Collegiate! All students, families, friends, and faculty are welcome to come join in the fun!
August Fine Arts News
We start the new year with two new art teachers on campus. Sarah Higgins- US/MS Art and Jessica McSpadden- Lower School will join Joy Schultz as full time Visual Arts Specialists. You will be welcomed to the Upper School Commons by beautiful display of recent art works created by Joy, Sarah, and Jessica. The showcase will be on display until the end of September. “We want to model the practice we expect from our own young artists on campus. You will see artist statements for the collections”. The group of teachers have submitted works for Small Works on Paper in the upcoming Arkansas Artist Registry show. Attached are the artist statements and the Society6 stores that each artist has opened for viewing and purchasing. Through the Arkansas Artist Registry there are opportunities for working artists to participate and compete in art gallery shows.
Bird, Feather, and Wave Series
My work is a direct reflection of the unconditional love I had with my Great Grandparents and Grandparents. The outdoors and nature was a big part of the events and experiences that I am reimaging for my body of work. Birds are a symbol of faith and freedom, feathers are messages from heaven, Blue Jays were my Grandma’s favorite bird. The waves are symbolic of my Grandfather and his love of the water. The combination of waves and feathers is a message of hope and renewal.
This collection was created this summer. A flock of Blue Jays have taken up residence in my backyard sanctuary and I have collected many Blue Jay feathers as a result. I feel with each feather is a sweet message of love from heaven. My work is an automatic approach that is inspired not over planned. I work with in a fluid consciousness and work on several pieces at one time.
The Wonder Story Series
The vintage storybook page collage started with looking at current world issues. I have collected picture books from the 1940-50’s for the quality of the illustrations. When you pair the images with text from children’s books you get an interesting mashup that challenges our current social and world issues. This collection is on-going and I plan to continue this series throughout the school year. I love repurposing painted paper, maps, and vintage storybooks.
This will be a fun series that will challenge the viewer to look and think a little more.
Animal Scratchboard Series
My collection of scratchboard work is a technical study of animal texture and mark making. A scratchboard is a white clay surface covered by black ink. Each mark made on the surface reveals the white underneath. A sharp tool is used to remove the ink from the surface. While drawing normally allows the artist to darken a surface, scratchboard allows the artist to lighten a surface. This process begins with research of photographs that are intriguing and challenging.
This series is a study of animals from around the world. During the summer I paint signs and photo cutouts around the Little Rock Zoo. I love all different types of animals, reptiles, and insects. My process of mark making reflects the texture from each creature's exterior. The drawings are a representation of the beauty in all living creatures. I wanted to highlight the natural highlights and shadows in each.
I have been teaching in the schools for over 5 years now and initially I began drawing on scratchboard as an example of a project for my students. I found the process very relaxing and technical. I selected animals for my subject matter because I have always enjoyed studying animal habitats, environments, and habits.
I have studied jazz theory since high school and this series explores sound and color connections. My series of work is a visual reaction to auditory music that is focused on a variety of jazz styles including ballad, bebop, acid jazz, and samba. I listened to a song and created a series of visual interpretations through colors and shapes. Each piece is a series of five works. Each series has a dominant color scheme and reoccurring shapes. My goal is to establish my responsive connection between music and art. I want the viewer to see the paintings and have a musical response to each piece. The title of each series is the song that I have represented.
My primary influences are Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee. I am inspired by Kandinsky’s paintings on canvas and writings in “Concerning the Spiritual in Art”. Paul Klee also inspired me with his paintings of music. Klee created a series of paintings based on operas and Mozart compositions. The songs I have selected are Naime and Giant Steps by John Coltrane, Hermeto’s Train by Medeski Martin and Wood, and November Sun by Ari Lehdekorpi.
I have been working toward finding my own representation of music into colors, lines, and shapes. The process of finding the true color sound ratio lies in a combination of the frequency of sound and music as well as personal expression. When sound or color is projected into a vacuum a wavelength and a frequency can be found for that sound and hue. My work is based on my knowledge of music and my explorations of color through the wavelengths of sound and color as well as my own personal reaction.
During this series I began each piece by writing down every key change throughout the
song, then I found the frequency of colored light that matched each key. Originally I wanted the color to be consistent with the key change, but I soon realized that in jazz the majority of songs have similar keys, so I relayed heavier on my own response to these songs.
Alphabet Series Artist Statement
This body of work started with an old dictionary and a challenge for myself to create at least one piece of artwork a day for a month. Using words as my inspiration, I decided to illustrate each letter of the alphabet and incorporate pages from the dictionary using collage techniques. The illustrations are simple objects that evoke happy memories from my life. My hope is that wide range of people will get as much delight out of viewing these collages as I did in making them.
https://society6.com/sah030002 Higgins Studio
http://society6.com/mcspadden032art McSpadden Studio