Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Internship Countdown Week 3

This week it was all about getting ready for Treasures and Tea which will be happening on the 11th of December. Mainly today I edited the docent scripts and made texture boxes that will be used for the Mukenga Mask site. In teen lab tonight, we got to critique the student's digital sketchbooks. Their digital sketchbooks are i movies that have a theme about what they have seen and experienced in the museum. I was PLEASENTLY surprised. Not only were their movies well thought out and personal, they did a great job at critiquing each other's work as well. Great job teens!

A Day in the Life

Ricki, Heather and I's video that we made for Cyberpedagogy. It's awesome!

A Day in the Life

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

My boyfriend's sister Allison Gregory made this beautiful cow as a part of a collective effort hosted by the city of Austin. Her work raised over 100,000 dollars. I'm so proud of her! Check out an article about her painted cow below:

Allison's Cow

Internship Week 10 and 11

So for the past two weeks it has been all about installation!!!! Taking pictures out of frames, drilling screws, measuring... oh the measuring. Measuring walls, measuring art, measuring frames, measuring the amount of pain in my feet from standing all day. But overall it was a really good experience. It is VERY useful to know how to install. In all, we installed the Steve Jenkins show, the artwork for the Ryan Education Center, and began to install the game and pictures I created for the Family Room.

Today I installed art in the Educator Resource center and in the hall of the Ryan Education Center. The art was given to us by an SAIC student named Snow Fu. Her family runs an art center in a small/poverty stricken area of China. They sent work done in oil pastel, paint, and marker. They are beautiful, colorful depictions of life in their village. Snow's parents also sent along lesson plans of the work that are available to check out in the Educator Resource Center. Go check out the work!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

VSA Access Gallery

So, as you know I've been researching for the new touch gallery at the Art Institute. I've been trying to research different types of tactile art as well as searching for artists to commission to make these pieces. Today I found a video of the VSA gallery in Denver. It exhibits a bunch of different works by artist that are tactile. The visitors have so much fun! Look below:


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Diwali Festival at the Art Institute- Internship Week 9

Last Saturday I helped out at the Diwali Festival at the Art Institute. Diwali is a festival of lights where vibrant colors and lights are used in different customs to keep away evil. I worked in the rangoli room where traditionally, families create a colorful patterns out of flour and water around a ria (the traditional clay lamp used in the festival. We used ripped pieces of paper instead of flour. Less of a mess! The best part about the day was hearing Indian families talk about the traditions and stories they tell in their households.
Our collaborative rangoli. Each family would come in and add their own design.
This little boy represented a mountain and a sky as part of a story about Krishna who sheltered an Indian community from a storm by lifting a mounting raising it over the people.
This is the dia light symbol that traditionally goes in the middle of the rangoli. Families light the dias for Diwali.
A beautiful rainbow. The little girl worked so hard!