MELINDA PLACKO at Melk Truk Studio

teaching artist work

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.

ink drawing at art house inc

ink drawing at art house inc

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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.

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a.j. rickoff

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a.j. rickoff

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a.j. rickoff

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howard at fullerton

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fullerton

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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.

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reading inspiration

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.

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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.

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aesop’s mural

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.

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inspiration station at bay village library

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