at my day job i set up studios for artists of all ages, many times in local schools and libraries. i bring drawing, painting and collage materials, as well as visual inspiration. we often work collaboratively to create public art which tranforms the environment. i serve as a teaching artist through art house inc, cleveland print room, and the boys and girls club of cleveland. please see https://msmelindadotcom.wordpress.com for more info.
in full color
2013 acrylic paint on sealed cinder block 6×60′ art house
at fullerton and a.j. rickoff schools i worked with seventh and eighth grade students in a one month residency. this program was inspired by hip hop culture and used elements of graffiti and rap. students first worked with performance poet carla thompson to create ‘ego pieces’: poems which highlighted their strengths, making themselves into gods. carla and i co-taught the middle stage of the program, performing poetry and drawing in a shared classroom studio. the last stage of the residency allowed students to visualize their own poetry, immortalizing themselves in a permanent graffiti mural at their schools.
the engine light
2012 acrylic paint and medium 7×40′ young audiences
in residency at the historic collinwood high school, i worked afterschool for twelve weeks with students and staff. we designed and installed this mural, which was created with many transparent layers of acrylic paint.
2012 acrylic paint on board 6×9′ young audiences
at aj rickoff elementary school, i was in residency for six weeks afterschool. working alongside parents and students grades 1-5, we created this permanent mural for the main lobby.
in our universe
2012 mixed media on canvas 3×10′ young audiences
in residency at near west intergenerational school, i worked with grades k-4 to create this banner for the school library. using painting and drawing materials, we created pictures on paper within these themes: self, friends and family, school, community, world, cosmos. all drawings were then trimmed and glued onto the final collaborative collage.
2012 mixed media on paper board 4×15′
at the cuyahoga county library, brecksville branch, i worked for a few hours one saturday alongside thirty children grades 2-5. we listened to stories from aesop, then created many drawings inspired by each tale. drawings were trimmed, then used in this permanent collage mural, installed in the folktale section.