Fine art, celebrating life, fun, family and color.

Twig and ink drawing are so fun! Getting pieces of nature into art is a blast and helps kids make connections to the world outside of the studio--for instance looking at the anatomy of a tree, the fiber, the wicking, the way nutrience travels, and the great tool a tiny twig is for drawing with ink!

 What My Students Will Need to SUCCEED!

My  students will be making or modifying a book or working on sketchbook via drawing and embellishment

Supplies that will be needed--new or gently used will be appreciated as will cash to buy said supplies!


PLEASE DO NOT BRING ME CRAP, TRASH, OR JUNK--EVERYTHING SHOULD BE IN GREAT CONDITION SO THAT MY STUDENTS CAN HAVE A SUPERIOR ARTS EXPERIENCE.


Research has shown that for every $1,000 spent on an at risk student in the arts, that community can potentially  save $37,000 to$100,000 in welfare costs, parole officers, court costs, legals fees and ultimately fees for incarceration. Support the Visual Arts today--now!


Many items will be re-used, such as tools and the like, but please note that items that will be consumed such as papers, fabrics, ribbons, and the like need to be replaced each year or 15 week session.


Ribbon

yarns

cotton/poly material scraps or used men's oxford shirts

buttons

Adult sized scissors

acrylic craft paints--all colors

scrap booking paper-all kinds and colors

rubber stamps

ink pads--all colors

pipe cleaners--all colors


old puzzles

spray paints--all colors

old playing cards--all kinds


X-acto knives (45 as my classes cap at 41)

awls (all kinds!)

Drills, corded (5)

Hammers (with the claw--10)

pliers (standard and needle nose) (10)

wire cutters (10)

Sewing needles (metal) with a larger eye to accomodate thicker threads like a tapestry needle (45)

Thimble (45)

tapestry threads--all colors

bone folders (10)

double stick tape (100)

glue sticks (200)

low-tack repositionable tape

metal rulers

Japanese screw punch

cutting boards for table top use (45)


All kinds of scrap booking notions--any kind, any topic, any season, any theme

shower curtains (NEW ONLY!!!)



TRU-RAY brand  fade resistant construction papers

#9708569 , (24x36") on the Enasco.com  website (10 packages)  $14.43 each

 9x12 " #9717655 on the Enasco.com site (25 packages)   $2.63 each

 

Gift card to Enasco to just shop $100, $200, $500, $1,000 or $5,000



 If your business wants to sponsor part, or all, of my program--contact me!


What We NEED!

Click on this image to see how you can help the Visual Arts Programming in the Flint Community Schools with The Dreaming Zebra Foundation

Urban Stitching!

Elizabeth Keckly was a slave for 30 years in North Carolina. She was a self taught seamstress that developed her skill so profoundly that she was known professionally as a "Modiste," a creative designer of women's clothing. She became the exclusive dressmaker and confident to Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of President Abraham Lincoln. She worked in the White House for four years. She later become a professor teaching homemaking arts and sciences.

 Elizabeth Keckly


My students will be LEARNING ABOUT  SEWING, HISTORY AND CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL ISSUES----ALONG WITH SOME ELEMENTS & PRINCIPLES OF ART!


STUDENTS WILL BE CREATING an "Ugly Doll" ( Cute or ugly--we don't care!) to donate to the Local women's shelter as a community service.


Research has shown that for every $1,000 spent  annually on an at risk student in the arts, that community can potentially  save $37,000 to$100,000 in welfare costs, parole officers, court costs, legals fees and ultimately fees for incarceration. Support the Visual Arts today--now!  I get $.55  per YEAR, PER CHILD, to run my arts program!!


If you would like to find out more about this project you can contact me and I can give you some ideas to make this project part of YOUR urban classroom.




 If your business wants to sponsor part, or all, of my programming contact me!




The Elephantworks Studio

Our Urban Stitching class has been super fun and challenging! Students are making a microbe (science connection), designing their own piece, (art connection) and learning how to do counted cross-stitch (math connection). Mrs. Fernandez was awarded a $1500 grant from Michigan Youth Arts! This grant is for supplies to be used in the classroom. Items purchased will support painting, Urban Cross stitch, & Sewing our felt babies (that will be donated to the shelter of Flint). Supplies will also support creative thinking, building confidence, & building a  sense of self-worth. Remember my kids don't necessarily have wonderful lives--they are in the alternative high school for a reason. The visual arts are helping kids deal with life.


Thank you for your continued support!

The kids want to keep on sewing and not so much designing. I am just fine with that! Students will be creating their own "Ugly" type doll through incredible donations that we have received. Students will make a bigger stuffed critter and it should be a fun adventure!

THANK YOU EVER SO MUCH TO THE DREAMING ZEBRA FOUNDATION FOR SUPPORTING OUR GOALS AND PROJECTS! OUR UGLY DOLL/FELT BABIES & OUR KEHINDE WILEY DRAWINGS WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT THEIR KIND AND GENEROUS HELP !!

        I  have 2 kilns, one is fairly new and one, as you can see on the right, i s fairly banged up, neglected and used. I love that everyone wants to send water to Flint but I get $.55 per CHILD PER YEAR to run my program. What I would love to have is a program sponsor for my ceramics program. Here is what I need: 


Getting my students to observe detail can be a challenge, but I found their little drawings to  be quite delightful! The drawings were honest, direct and had detail. My kids were a bit whiny in the beginning as they find the drawing a person, let alone themselves, overwhelming! But the final drawings are pretty nice!

This year in my urban art classes!

  • I need the two kilns I have repaired, given a physical to make sure they are safe, new electrical hook-ups, proper venting and a slew of ceramic supplies to run my courses.

Thank you Dreaming Zebra Foundation!

  • I need  canvas and board to make individual working areas for my students; I need clay and glaze and hand tools. I need YOU to get excited about the arts and how they can impact MY students!

 Kehinde Wiley & Portraits!


My students will be LEARNING ABOUT American painter Kehinde Wiley--whose work I adore!


STUDENTS WILL BE CREATING A PORTRAIT OF THEMSELVES,  A CHILD, A PARENT, GRANDPARENT OR OTHER LOVED ONE WHO IS A NORMAL PART OF THEIR LIFE. STUDENTS WILL LEARN ABOUT  PATTERN, POSSIBLY TESELATIONS,  COLOR THEORY, SOCIAL ISSUES ABOUT THE WORLD, THE FIGURE,  AND THE GRID TRANSFER PROCESS.



Students will also work in class to find their own voice. We will have some really exciting and wonderful things to study, learn about and produce in our art classes this year.


As a teenager I learned how to cross-stitch. It was a whole new way to be creative and express myself. I know that the processes we use in the classroom--observation, making a pattern, following a pattern, creating a process to make a finished artwork--has inspired some greatness in my classroom!


The kids are challenged but as they work through the creative process they are able to build confidence, get excited and make something amazing! Here are a couple of finished  projects inspired by stitching goddess   Alicia Watkins---see her work at

The kids wanted to keep sewing, they did not want to design clothes, they wanted to SEW! So I made it happen!


On the right is a felt doll designed by a student. She did such and awesome job.

Mleaymfernandez@flintschools.org  (or contact me through this website) for details of my program and what I need currently!

Students created a pattern, colored their patterns, chose their Aida clothe, choose colors for the  floss  and  stitch away! These are so awesome!! Kids could pick germs, diseases, microbes--oh it was fun!

King of the Hussars hangs in our own wonderful Detroit Institute of Arts--



Compare the two paintings--

--the horse

--the weapons

--the dramatic background

--the land

--the power of the man

--the illusion of wind

--the cool and warm tones in the background

--the emblems of royalty