On November 5th, Mr. Juarez’s Drawing/Painting I students skyped with Midwest Artist Studios (MAS) artist, Todd Mrozinski. The MAS project aims to connect art education with regional contemporary artists through studio visits, curriculum documentation, and opportunities for educator outreach.
Born in Rensselaer, IN in 1974, Todd has loved to paint for as long as he can remember. He acquired his BFA in painting from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 1997 and in 1996 attended The New York Studio Program. He has been in solo and group exhibitions nationwide and his work is in various public and private collections. By focusing on two main areas, shadows and clothing, he explores the power of a subject’s presence through its absence. Meditation and contemplation as well as following inspiration and free flowing expression are essential to his working practice. Todd sees and shares the beauty and illumination of light and personality through drips and skeins and piles of paint. He and his wife, Renee Bebeau, have a studio in The Nut Factory, Riverwest, Wisconsin, where they offer art classes and workshops. He is currently represented by Woodman/Shimko Gallery, Palm Springs, California.
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The Midwest Artist Studios Project is supported by a grant from the Kohler Foundation, Inc., Wisconsin Art Education Association, and the National Art Education Foundation.
Today Liz popped into the classroom to check out what the Drawing Painting I students are currently doing. The DPI students are working on their shadow oil paintings inspired by the process of MAS artist, Todd Mrozinski.
Liz spent a few minutes with each student before they headed into her studio to end the period.
Everyone love a great selfie. Students had the option of taking their own selfie or to take a photo of someone else. Regardless of what they chose, they had to take ownership of the photo. They were introduced to various colored pencil techniques (scraffito, scumbling, frottage, cross-hatching, layering), the use of a colorless blender, and a grid (optional). They are all unique just like my students. : )
Art Foundations 1 and Senior Art 1students finished their 1 and 2-point perspective. As a final assessment the Art Foundations 1 students created 6 large scale drawing at NHS using tape. This was a great way to students to apply their understanding on perspective as well as to engage in a group activity.
On the 12th, 13th, and 15th of October, I met with Mr. Soik’s Humanities class.
I was there for the students if they needed feedback on their individual ideas for his “Artsplosion” exercise, which he implements as a way to get the students to hone in on an essay topic that relates to the material they’ve been working on so far this semester.
They had a lively discussion on Monday, which mostly centered on the book, Feed, by M.T. Anderson.
On Tuesday, the class reviewed the exercise guidelines and the students began to work out their ideas for the project.
I was there to offer feedback and suggestions from the visual arts perspective.
Then, on Thursday, the students continued working on their projects. One of the students had a concept she wanted to expand on so we headed to the studio where she could work out her ideas in paint.
This past week, I have been working on making more plywood panels to continue working on an idea for a series of paintings I started. The series is based on some vintage 1960’s photographs I inherited from my godmother after she passed. They were images from one of her travel photo albums that stood out to me.
“Mission Garden,” the first in a new series of paintings by Liz Ann Lange.
The series will be called, “Other Peoples Memories,” and I have been cutting lots of plywood – 2 large sheets, into 16 panels – in anticipation of continuing this series.
It is my hope that I can complete one or two more paintings for this series in time to be mounted in the Bradley Gallery at Lakeland College, where I will be in a two-person art exhibit with another painter, Agata Augustine.
I feel honored to have been invited back to show my work as an alumni. I last showed there as a student almost 6 years ago, with 3 others, for our senior portfolio exhibitions.
The show will run from November 6th through December 11th.
The Art Foundations 1 students are creating large scale drawings using electrical tape. Each team selected their unique perspective of North High School . These drawings are student driven with little or no assistance from the teacher. This group activity is their final assessment of our 3-week unit on 1 and 2-point perspective.