Last month, McKinley School fifth graders came up for their annual field trip. At the end of an action-packed day the kids presented AMP with their musical instrument fountain, thanks to a grant from Jeff Ackerman and the Fairfield Foundation for Education. The unsung hero is Eddie Velez, pictured below, who contributed the plumbing work necessary to turn these donated instruments into a recycling fountain for AMP's future garden area. Thank you, Eddie, from all of us at AMP!
"When I last mentioned working on Melissa, I thought we would be posting a progress shot in a few days. As is the nature of the job on AMP, especially lately, other things intervened. Now I’m back with a chance to work, correcting the biggest, most troublesome areas.
One of the hardest things for me to do is go from desk work to painting, definitely flipping from one side of the brain to the other. It always takes me a few days to get back into the rhythm of painting. To be satisfied with the end result, I need to have certain predetermined things right, visual clues that add up to my concept of the person or place I am painting. At the same time, I have to allow my subconscious, intuitive side to play a significant role if good paint is going to happen. Most of my favorite parts of paintings are areas I could not possibly do again. Sometimes I don’t even know how I did them."
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At the mill yesterday, local fourth-graders created six-inch tiles as a tribute to someone they admire. Lots of energy and excitement despite the unusually cold temperatures in our unheated space!
Back in February, we showed the work-in-progress mini canvases that fifth-graders in Connecticut were painting to create their own 3-D version of the mural. The students divided the entire mural into 80 small squares, with each choosing an abstract section to create. The finished piece is amazing!
This is an easily adaptable project that teachers across the country can do with their own students, no matter the class size. Lots of possibilities!
"I had a neat idea to take a shot every few days in the studio to show progress on this recent piece of Melissa Bennett, the firefighter from Canarsie, Brooklyn. So the first thing I realized after we got it up last week, the scale was off and I needed to make her about 15% larger to fit the overall mural composition. That meant painting out the first drawing and cutting another 8 ft. x 2 ft. piece of aluminum to add to the right side of the piece. Not exactly forward progress but after redrafting the image, I know it was the right decision. Not doing the work would have meant more work down the road. Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and make the changes right away."
The newest section of the mural is up. Dedicated to emergency responders, this piece features firefighter Melissa.