February 12, 2017

Visiting Artist: AMBERELLA

Our school-wide theme for February is "measurement" and we had a special guest come in to the studio to explore the concept of scale with us!

Amberella is a Philadelphia street artist who makes the itty bitty messages on candy hearts into large scale public art pieces. Many of her wheatpaste hearts contain thoughtfully selected texts that convey messages of love, solidarity and empowerment to passerby.

In preparation for this collaboration, my students "studied" candy sweet hearts, and came up with some favorite love notes, which were sent Amber's way. 
Along with a bunch of Amber's messages, the kids picked "NO MATTER WHAT" from B.J. Novak's "The Book With No Pictures", which I looove (both the phrase and the book).

In the days before her visit, we prepped canvases by painting them in monochromatic color schemes. Some kids just have a ball attacking a blank canvas, nah'mean?

We ended up with a whole rainbow of canvases ready to be upgraded with Amber's messages!

During her visit, students saw slides of Amberella's "goth hearts", saw some of her latest products (this collab with UO and this one with Pizzeria Vetri) and had q&a with the artist. I love when they get to meet practicing artists, and learn that being an artist could be their job!

After this introduction, we mixed batches of wheat paste, and used the tools of the trade to paste hearts onto canvases. 

We were all verrrry gooey from smoothing the glue covered papers onto the canvases.

At the end of the day, we had a slew of candy colored posi vibes that we'll hang around the school.

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