Thursday, April 14, 2011

Visiting Artist

This week, I have the extreme honor of being a visiting artist for grades 5 through 8 at Christ Church Episcopal School in Greenville, SC. This is my first residency at a school. I know I've nothing to compare this experience to..... but,  I can honestly say they have set the bar very high.  Wow! The red carpet is out :)

Alice Ballard,  a ceramic phenom, is the head of the art department at CCES middle school.  We met while she was a visiting artist at Spring Island. I was immediately drawn to her work.... it's richly organic and I knew that our love of the natural world would somehow link us together. 

We talked about our individual methods of journal keeping and she asked if I'd ever considered being a visiting artist at schools.  That thought had been playing around in my mind for quite some time.  You know, I am always amazed at how a twinkling of an idea plays itself out and comes to fruition. You never know who will cross your path and the effect they may have on your future, or you on theirs.

I expressed my interest to Alice.  She shared that the school she teaches at has had many visiting artists come work with the children.  "Who would I contact, I ask?" "That would be me, she said."  After a proposal, approval and months of planning, here I am.

Alice has created an excellent program for the middle school. She and Brent Roberts have tapped the creative juices of their students. I am amazed by the talent these kids are putting forth. In a time when the Arts are being cut from so many budgets, I applaud CCES for their determination to provide their students with a balanced, well rounded and meaningful education.

It's been a whirlwind.  The energy level needed is a new experience for me. After my first full day of classes, she who never naps was out!!


This is the school's garden. I told you I've been spoiled!!


I can't wait to tell you about my lodgings!  Yes, definitely spoiled rotten :)

10 comments:

  1. What a wonderful experience! And I'm so glad the arts are alive and well in some schools - seems like it's always the first thing cut when budgets are tight around here.

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  2. Pam, how totally awesome! I am thrilled and excited for you!!! You have a wonderful gift and the school is lucky to have you. I know you will change the way some of these kids look at art and nature, and encourage their talents beyond their school years. Keep us posted on your school experiences!

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  3. It's been amazing, Rhonda. I hope to photograph there wonderful journal pages.

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  4. Thank you, Elizabeth! I'm learning from these wonderful creative minds, too! I love how this age group can jump off from suggested ideas and put their own twist on them.

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  5. I am so proud of you, my QueenBee. You are talented, you are gifted, and your willingness and ability to share and inspire continues to amaze me. Continue to raise the bar, there is no telling how far and how high you can go! I told you that twenty eight years ago and you have proven me right once again!

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  6. Awesome, I can't think of a better place for you to share your passion of art and nature and kids today so need all of those things, nature, art and passion! I am sure your days have been long but fulfilling. We were hoping to head down your way this next week for break but in the end we cannot. maple trees are swelling so spring is coming slowly.

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  7. My Rob, you are making me tear up!! Thank you, love - for your support, help and inspiration! You are the wind beneath my wings.

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  8. Thank you so, Carol. It has been great. I can't believe tomorrow is my last day! I hope they will remember this special time with as much happiness as I will. Even better, I hope they will keep on learning from nature!

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  9. That is so cool! Art & Kids - great combo :)

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  10. Thanks for stopping by, Jacqueline! Yes, it's been very cool. I love the energy they posses and the journal pages they've created.

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