One of the many things art can do is bring joy - to the maker (the artist) and the receiver/viewer and often the public though gallery exhibitions or public art. We are lucky to have lots of public art right here in Burlington. Mary Lacy is one Vermont artist whose work has changed the mural landscape here in town. I think my favorite one is her enormous hummingbird downtown. Here is a picture of Mary working on it using a cherry picker to reach up so high!
Art in public places brings so many people joy, and actually dates back to the "Federal Art Project Act" of 1935-45, as part of the New Deal Legislation to help artists have work and to create jobs to lift people out of economic depression. A cool side effect of this legislation was the boosting of morale as art came into public places.
Activity: Create RAINBOW ART! to bring JOY to others!
As a response to schools closing, and people being home, families across Europe and the UK have been making RAINBOW Art with messages of Hope and Cheer, to hang in their windows, doors or to put signs on the lawn. These bright and cheery messages have brought a smile to many peoples faces and joy to others as they go on daily walks, or for delivery people or home health workers, as they bravely work each day.
Here is your creative challenge this week:
1. Use things you have around your home: Cardboard boxes, crayons, paper, scissors, markers- whatever you have. Ask you adult for help or ideas for what you can use.
2. Create a sign with a message of HOPE and a RAINBOW - in fact, now is a GREAT TIME to review or re-meet our friend, ROY G. BIV - our colorful friend who is always at the RAINBOW's end!
3. Hang it up somewhere - in a window, in your door, outside (ask your adult for help) where it can bring people cheer.
4. Email me a picture of your RAINBOW JOY! and I will share it in our gallery.
* Use chalk (safely, with supervision outside staying safely away from others) and create messages of joy and hope using RAINBOW chalk!
*Paint right onto the glass of your door or front window - if you mix DISH SOAP with tempera or poster paint, you can paint right onto your door. The soap makes it super easy to wash off.
This is a great project to do as a FAMILY or with your siblings, together!!
Here is the sign I created yesterday for my front yard! My door is far away from my road (I live in a more rural area) so I made this sign from an old piece of wood I found in our garage, and some paint! I put it down by the road so people driving or walking or biking by could see it! I plan to make a few more to create a whole lot of joy!
I cannot wait to see what you all make! Don't forget to have your parents EMAIL ME your RAINBOW pictures!