Drip, splatter, and spray large scale art! Painting workshops explore visual art and creative expression through the use of drawing, color, and painting, music and conversation. Starting with pencil and paper, participants are led through a design session where they learn different ways to convert a small image to a large canvas, mix colors and apply different visual techniques.
During a month-long residency over Summer Break 2017, local teaching artist Lesley Anne Numbers worked with teens at the Dane County Juvenile Detention Center to transform a long wall in the narrow hallway between visitation and lockdown. Lesley was joined by Lauden Nute, one of her students at Madison College.
Lesley and Lauden came in on a Thursday afternoon in August in order to present the concept of mural design and to generate ideas and themes with teen residents. After a brief introduction to themselves and their trajectory as an learner and artist, Lesley and Lauden laid some basic groundwork by working with the group to better define the hallway between visitation and lock down. Then they then handed out markers and a stack of note cards to each teen and court officers, and began asking basic questions about how they experience that hallway through their 5 senses before, during and after walking from lock down towards visitation, and vice versa. Lesley and Lauden took individual notes but also collected all of the note cards, and took them home in order use these responses while designing the mural on a laptop.
The following week, Lesley and Lauden came back to the facility where they showed a draft design to both the teen residents and the detention administrators and staff to offer feedback and move on to the next step. Over the next 3 weeks, the teens used pencils and marker to transfer the design to the wall, and then paint and outline the entire design. Due to the nature of the facility, teen residents are only housed on a temporary basis so there were some kids that took part in every session, but also kids that were only there for the beginning or the end of the project.
-->Special THANK YOU to the Madison Arts Commission and the Magic Pebble Foundation for their financial support.
During a one-week residency over Spring Break, local artist Chris Maddox worked with teens at the Dane County Juvenile Detention Center to transform a giant wall in the gymnasium.
Chris came in on the Thursday afternoon before break to generate ideas and themes with teen residents. After a brief introduction to himself and his trajectory as an learner and artist, Chris laid some basic groundwork by working with the group to define the concept of metaphor. He then handed out a pencil and a stack of note cards to each teen, and began offering prompts in which they had 30-60 seconds to write or draw the first thing that comes to mind. He used prompts like "Please describe the smell when you first walk into the gymnasium", or "What animal do you feel like when you are working out in the gym", or "What does power look like?". Chris then collected all of the note cards, took them home, and laid them out in one large grid on his floor and desk in order to soak in their feedback while designing the mural on his laptop.
The following Monday morning, Chris came back to the facility where we projected his design on the gym wall for both the teen residents and the detention administrators and staff to offer feedback and move on to the next step. Over the next 6 days, the teens used pencils to trace the design as it was projected on the wall and then paint and outline the entire wall. Due to the nature of the facility, teen residents are only housed on a temporary basis so there were some kids that took part in every session, but also kids that were only there for the beginning or the end of the project.
I realized that I can do more than just draw. I guess I can paint. I had fun. I would do this again.
Artist Rodrigo Carapia worked with teens in three locations to create a large 3-panel painting now hanging inside the classroom at Dane County Juvenile Detention Center.