I’ve been working at Manitoba school the last couple of months to help the K5 and 1st grade classes create a school museum, which will showcase their curriculum on the rain forest, antarctica and the arctic. My wonderful husband Michael Greer helped to create the armatures for the jaguar and polar bear. We will be revealing the final exhibit on June 4th, 2015.
I’m working with the students over at the Milwaukee Environmental Sciences School, creating a 33 foot mural that will showcase a grouping of six trees similar to the Shimmerling Wall Hangings. The K4-6th grade students are using the school’s six character traits—Integrity, Grit, Leadership, Craftsmanship, Stewardship and Respect to inspire the artwork. Each student is creating two leaves for the trees—a self portrait and a designed leaf with inspired by the character trait assigned to their classroom. They will also create a leaf to take home as a souvenir from the residency. This project is funded by Arts@Large and a grant from Toyota Family Learning.
Over the past two weeks I’ve been working with students from four different schools and sharing the story of my newest book Shimmerling. We did a little bit of meditation, danced to Pharrell William’s song ‘Happy’, sang some pretty rocking Shimmerling songs, and made beautiful engraved leaves that the students took home with them. I love doing presentations and workshops in the gallery surrounded by all the artwork from the exhibition. Thanks to Arts@Large for making it happen 🙂
What a wonderful opening! Arts @ Large did a fantastic job and the work looked beautiful! Standing in the gallery looking around at the mixture of artwork from Caldecott-winning artist Faith Ringgold, next to artwork for my next picture book created with help from students in Milwaukee, and listening to the amazing talents of Skai Academy’s young group of singers and musicians, I started to tear up a little. I was so moved by how all these amazing people connect, create, and work towards a better community and world. Special thanks to Kim Abler, Teri Sullivan, Linda D’Acquisto, Ryan Hurley, Sean Kiebzak, and Brianna Dorney for their creative energies and their ability to make beautiful things happen in Milwaukee. I feel very grateful that I get to be a part of this show!
Opening April 25, 5-8pm
Gallery @ Large, 908 S. 5th Street, Milwaukee, WI, (414) 763.7379
Join us for Stories Shared, a gallery opening featuring the work of Caldecott Award winning artist and author, Faith Ringgold!
Faith will be visiting Milwaukee and will give a FREE lecture at the North Division High School Auditorium: Thursday, May 15th from 6:00-8:00pm. Boswell Books will provide books for sale at the event, and Faith Ringgold will be available for book signing after the lecture. Address: 1011 W. Center Street, Milwaukee, WI 53206
‘The Making of Shimmerling’ is a behind the scenes look at how, with funding from Arts@Large, I worked with over 300 students in two Milwaukee Public Schools — West Side Academy and Bethune Academy to create the artwork for my upcoming picture book.
I’ve been busy trying to finish up the Shimmerling costume/sculpture for the April 25th gallery opening. I managed to get the wings, the feather headdress, and the Shimmerling’s face created this past week. It’s fun seeing it come together, but there’s still a lot of work to do. This week I’ll be creating the trunk of the Shimmerling, which will be covered in glittery bark. I also have a handful of birds and oak trees to sculpt. Michael and I decided to get some test shots last night to see how the metal will photograph. I’m very lucky to have such a talented husband to help me with the photography 🙂