Saturday, August 31, 2013

A Summer Artventure

 This year I decided to make my own mini art retreat. It took about 2 months to get it organized enough to facilitate it. I couldn't have had two better students! They worked hard learning something new every day.
 This was a found object stencil art journal page study...and the found objects were cool and spontaneous!
 Talk about spontaneous about a millet stencil? Yum!
 See how the millet stencil turned out? It's the second piece to the left, second row. What inventive students!!!
 Of course, we couldn't ignore the Chicago culture. Recognize this stain glass window style? Who's the architect who used those and worked with nature and was into horizontal planes?
 It was Frank Lloyd Wright and this was a tour of his Robie House. A fascinating tour!
 I want this sculpture for my yard! Michigan Ave. has many similar to this. I had to drive, so I couldn't take pix of the rest.
 And what was going on at the Art Institute?
 The Impressionism Fashion/Painting show! Very entertaining! This was when photos and sewing machines first came out. So to be seen...and having a chic, image of class, whether in portrait with your riches nearby... or with your family surrounding you, was as huge then as it is on TV today.
 The final visit was to the Chicago Botanic Garden. You just can't help but be in a meditative, calm state around all that beauty.

Now this is all a lovely memory that flew by way too fast. 
Nothing can fill the creative soul with inspiration more...whether it's art study, cultural exhibits, or the art of Mother Nature!