Sunday, December 18, 2011

Mail Art Lab and Creative Writing Lab! Fall 2011

This Fall was just out of this world! For starters, NOMAD LAB veteran teaching artist Megan Broughton proposed and then led an amazing Mail Art Lab, a first for NOMAD LAB.  Youth participating in this lab created a variety of art pieces that were them mailed or hand delivered by Megan to a selective group of CalArts School of Art students and alumni. These artists, in turn, created original pieces for the NOMAD LAB artists, which Megan brought with her and hand delivered every Saturday, to a room full of excited kids. As if this wasn't enough, Megan invited some for the CalArts artists to visit NOMAD LAB and see our participants in action. Our young artists got to meet their mail art CalArts counterparts, exchange original pieces of arts, and have an insane amount of fun in the process. This lab was all about collaboration, and about the process of getting to know others using art as a vehicle.

The CalArts artists with whom the youth had weekly art exchanges were:

Mykel Pryharski, fine art; Jessica Castillo, photo; Karina Yanez, fine art; Armando Martinez-Celis, graphic design; Ana Garcia, photo; Javier Rosales, photo; Jenny Lin, photo; Christina Tang, fine art; Ben Fish, fine art; Sarah Heysel, fine art; Bijan Berahimi, graphic design; Sasha Swedlund, fine art; Alex Woods, photo.

And the following artists collaborated with our students from cities outside of Santa Clarita and Los Angeles on a one-time basis:
Kayla Dolby, West Virginia; Vladimir Almmonnord, Los Angeles; Nate Miller, Idaho; Emily Martina, Maine; Laura Vena, Long Beach; Jazz Torres, Texas/Los Angeles. 

NOMAD was also lucky to have the multitalented writer and experienced educator Ebony Williams join our Fall program. Ebony led our Creative Writing Lab participants in a rediscovery of their neighborhood, through the unearthing of old stories, the exploration of map and book making, and the discovery of fascinating bits of history from our own Santa Clarita Valley. This process became the foundation for some great poetry and fiction writing, as well as the most unique oral storytelling improv sessions Valle del Oro has ever seen!

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