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A day at Kids Create with POWER. Guest Blogger
“I am using a Coping Saw on this 1¼” dowel, Mr. Nehemiah,” says Molly, who is 10 but will soon be 11, as she assures me.  Molly clamps the dowel to a 1”x4” base that was pre-drilled and is clamped to the table. She pointed to her sketch of the Beatles themed Marti Gras float she’s designed and explains her drawing to me, “This shows three vantage points: the top view, a side view, and a front view. This row is taller than that row so you can see all… ... Read More
Published on Wednesday, February 25, 2015By Nehemiah Dixon III
Give the gift of creativity.
I learned early on that the role of the teaching artist is more about giving to my students than it is about lecturing at them. The reason to give is simple. When we give, we share our moment-to-moment experiences in the ways that we know how.  Whether we do it through story, music, or the visual arts, being in a place of giving opens up the possibilities for receiving. I learn from the children I teach, perhaps even more than they learn from me. I give all I have and,… ... Read More
Published on Wednesday, November 26, 2014By Nehemiah Dixon III
Just a Snippet
A joyful life is an individual creation that cannot be copied from a recipe. — Mihaly CsikszentmihalyiAs a new art educator at Art Works, I am thrilled to be working with the amazing children, parents, teaching artists, and community partners who have gathered around this small (but mighty!) art center that is growing exponentially each month.For example, last summer when my colleagues here learned of an opportunity to apply for a public art commission related to the environment, the first thing we thought about was, “How can we… ... Read More
Published on Thursday, October 16, 2014By Juliana Molina
Founders Blog – The Dalai Lama and Pharrell walk into a bar…
Today one of our world’s greatest spiritual leaders led the prayer on the Senate floor in Washington, DC.This is what His Holiness, the Dalai Lama said: With our thoughts we make our world.Our mind is central and precedes our deeds.Speak or act with a pure mindAnd happiness will follow youLike a shadow that never leaves.May there be joy in the world.With bountiful harvest and spiritual wealth,May every good fortune come to beAnd may all our wishes be fulfilled.As long as space remains,And as long as sentient beings remain,Until then may… ... Read More
Published on Friday, March 7, 2014By Barbara Johnson
Founders Blog – Art Works @ School and Beyond
How often did you paint or draw or sculpt as a kid?I asked myself this question today and I can’t really come up with an answer.I thought back to my experiences growing up in Prince George’s County attending Catholic school some years and public schools others. The images that flashed in my mind included hand turkeys and cotton ball clouds on blue construction paper.I got a flash of being in 8th grade and being chosen along with Donna Zanetti to create a paper cut out manger scene for the horizontal… ... Read More
Published on Sunday, January 26, 2014By Barbara Johnson
Founders Blog – Create the world you imagine.
Just a week ago we held our annual fundraiser to raise, well, funds, for our programs and new building project.That one evening was the culmination of months of work for our staff and volunteers. It’s a high stress adventure with so much on the line. During those weeks I was told that I’m intense, and I guess I have to admit to it.There are several really good reasons why I’m intense(ly passionate) when it comes to Art Works.From a selfish perspective, I have found, after over 50 years of orbiting the… ... Read More
Published on Thursday, October 17, 2013By Barbara Johnson
Founders Blog – “I wish we had six more hours to do art”
Last week, at an after school program, a young student sighed,I wish we had six more hours to do art.I wish that for him and all of our children as well.At Art Works we believe in the value of art and artists to create the world we are imagining. A world where every child is valued and every teen and adult can realize their most creative dreams.At Art Works we teach art because it’s our passion. We teach art because we believe in its power to change lives. We teach… ... Read More
Published on Wednesday, October 2, 2013By Barbara Johnson
Founders Blog – Art Works for Everyone.
A lot of people think that Art Works is just for kids. We do love our young artists. And we spend a lot of time and energy designing curriculum that is fun and educational for them.What we haven’t talked about as often is that art works for everyone. Over this past year we have had the great fortune of working with some brilliant teaching artists. These artists have experience teaching painting, drawing, and sculpture for all ages and many are also currently teaching at the college level. They have spent… ... Read More
Published on Wednesday, September 4, 2013By Barbara Johnson
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