Skip over to my ARTIST BLOG to read about my amazing trip to Vermont and see work that I created while there!
I'm blessed with a career with this amazing gift of summertime! It is a time when students can recharge (my own two children are loving every second of unstructured time!) and educators have time to recharge and renew! As a plein aire painter it is great to get outside and paint and have studio time.
I have been busy working on my own art and website christinachangart.com and instagram account christinachang_art.
Check out my work. I would love to hear your thoughts!
Studio Art for Educators 2016
Painting by Avis McCloy
For the second year my district supported the FREE (well except for the $30 supply fee) course titled " Studio Art for Educators". We had teachers join us from Burlington as well as surrounding schools. It was four FUN filled days of educators having the gift of 22 hours of ART MAKING!
Here is what the educators said about the course:
"I am relaxed and ready to spend the rest of the summer making art"
"This was such a gift to myself to experiment with art...so enjoyable and relaxing"
"It's good to be a student!"
"Mistakes" are my friend"
"Relax-Create- it's all good"
"Take a risk"
"Great to be a student and experience the range of feelings and thoughts they must also experience."
Check out these wonderful works of art created in a broad range of mediums and materials!
Special thanks to Patrick Larkin, Burlington Public Schools Assistant Superintendent for Learning and George Ratkevich, Visual Arts Program Coordinator for supporting the funding for this course and giving and the gift of time to be creative to educators!
Be on the look out for more courses running next summer!
Design is our foundation course here at BHS. The objective for the final exam is to showcase, summarize and highlight student growth and achievement throughout the course of the year.
This year students created digital portfolios for their FINAL Exam. Here are some examples:
Ananya used the CanVa app to create her portfolio
Sophia used google slides to create her portfolio
Sameer used Adobe Spark to create his portfolio. He enjoyed using the voice over feature and animations.
I have to give a very special thank you to an extraordinary parent- Rosalyn Minnasian. She has an amazing parent of Garine who came to us as a freshmen in my Design class and has continued to take art classes. During the last three years Rosalyn has been a huge resource and volunteer.
She offered to help with fundraising and promoting our art program. Since 2013 Rosalyn has helped us grow a sizable scholarship fund; secure donors; art exhibitions at local businesses; connect with volunteers in the community; gain the support of Rep. Ken Gordon and secure the fashion show at the statehouse along with many, many other details!
She has generously donated hours of her time and wisdom and it has helped our art program and so many students and community members!
Rosalyn you have truly been a gift to the art department and we THANK YOU!
Rosalyn with Paula Salvucci, Owner of True North at "Fashion on the Hill".
Your Artist Statement: Explaining the Unexplainable
How to Write the Perfect Artist Statement
6 Tips for Writing and Artist Statement
What is an artist statement?
An artist statement is a general introduction of your work as an artist. It is the what, how, and why of your work, from your own perspective. It helps you convey the deeper meaning or purpose of your work to the audience (clients, gallery owners, scholarship boards, entrance panels, etc.).
What kind of artists need personal statements? If you are a designer, photographer, fashion designer, illustrator, sculpture artist, abstract artist, painter or any other kind of artist, you need an artist statement.
Why you need an artist statement
An artist statement lets you convey the reasoning behind your work-- why you chose a particular subject matter, why you work in a certain medium, etc. And further, a well-written statement shows the relationship of you to your artwork, and helps creates a connection with the viewer that will make your work (and your name) more memorable.
An artist statement can:
Go to these links to read more......
On Tuesday May 31 the State House filled with young artists and fashion designers! I was delighted to see students who work so hard all year honored with a show that highlighted their hard work and properly showed what public school education is producing and was spectacular!
Thanks to Rep. Ken Gordon the students had the FIRST fashion show at the state house! Thanks to the vision of his aide Mary Guay we created a wonderful runway in the Great Hall, set up an art display of 2d and 3D art. Visionary Teacher Keith March Mistler started the fashion design class four years ago and has worked to build and grown this wonderful class.
The hall filled up with proud students, parents, community members, school committee members, house representatives and others who saw an ad or the WCVB Eye Opener and came to support the students and the show.
Special thanks to all who attended and our amazing sponsors:
Whole Bunch of Flowers
Thanks to NECN, the Boston Globe and BCAT for covering the event! Thanks to the BECC and Deborah Clark for including her wonderful students in the show modeling the adaptive clothing that the fashion students created.
Thank you to our wonderful alum who generous let us model and feature their designs:
Rachel Faller of Tonle
Gaju Carole Niyonzima
and thank you to Rep. Ken Gordon, Vanessa Ovian, PR Manager, Mary Guay, and the invaluable Rosalyn Minassian, parent volunteer and President of the Friends of the Arts- we could not have done this event without you!
Erika Landry Class of 2010 has generously loaned us her runway pieces to feature in student and alumni show "Fashion on the Hill". Erika and her classmates at SAIC discuss the process of the creation of these works which were a collaboration with Swarovski:
This collection, is a homage to princess Anastasia and her sisters during their tumultuous journey from royalty to martyrdom in revolutionary Russia, and their unique use of the smuggled family's jewelry to try and escape their fate.
These pieces were on the SAIC runway show in 2014 “ the Walk” in Millennium Park, Chicago. Each garment contains Swarovski Crystals. Erika received Swarovski Loose Crystal Scholarship in April 2014. She was awarded "most elegant" at fashion 2014 by the Chicago Life Blog, "Rounding Up the Walk".
Erika worked as an intern at Marchesa, Naeem Khan, Helmut Lang, and is currently assistant designer at Elie Tahari, in New York City.
Hope you all can attend this wonderful event on May 31 at 11am in the Great Hall at the State House. If you have not RSVPed please do so at firstname.lastname@example.org
Christina Chang teaches art and design at Burlington High School.