Archive for the ‘Art Advocacy Van’ Category

2013 AAEA Fall Conference Workshop – Tangled Patterns

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

PDF file of the Presenetation:

Zentangle Inspired Art

PowerPoint file (pptx) of the Presentation:

Zentangle Inspired Art

PDF file of the Tangle Cards for tangle patterns:

Tangle Pages

“Through the Looking Glass”

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

PDF file of the Presenetation:

Thru Looking Glass Presentation Knoxville TN SETESOL

PowerPoint file (pptx) of the Presentation:

Thru Looking Glass Presentation Knoxville TN SETESOL

Bayside Academy Fine Arts Day

Friday, April 30th, 2010

What an honor it was to be a  part of the “Fine Arts Day” at  Bayside Academy in Daphne, AL!  We were delighted to share with Kindergartners and 1st graders. These students were so well behaved that Mrs. Cairns said she would “come out of retirement” to teach them! They truly were a precious group of caring and polite boys and girls.

This child stole Mrs. Guinn's heart when she told her that she was glad "they could make her arms that work."

Many students had comments on Mrs. Guinn’s artwork as well as questions about how her arms work.

Becky Guinn discusses her paintings with Bayside students

Even though several classes came together, the students were engaged and attentive.

Bayside 1st graders on "Fine Arts Day"

Bayside Kindergarteners on "Fine Arts Day"

Mrs. Guinn demonstrated how she paints using prosthetic arms for each group.  When finished, she left three paintings for the teachers’ and school’s use.

Becky Guinn paints as Bayside students watch her progress.

We want  to thank Phyllis Horne for inviting us to be a part of this exciting school wide event.  We are so glad that we were included!

Wadley, AL in Randolph County

Friday, April 30th, 2010

After spending the afternoon with two second grade classes at Wadley High School, Becky and Becky were actually refreshed!  Today was an “artist visit.”  Becky Guinn demonstrated her technique of painting and showed several of her works to the boys and girls.

Second graders and teacher Lynn Baggett watch Becky Guinn as she demonstrates her painting techniques.

After spraying liquid watercolor on YUPO paper, Mrs. Guinn allowed the students to tell her what they wanted in her painting.  A rose was chosen for the flower, then a sun was needed, followed by a butterfly and a dragon fly. Mrs. Becky Cairns, “Hooked on Art’s” science  specialist, had to be consulted  as to the correct number of legs and antennae for accuracy!  Mrs. Guinn promised to return to paint with the students another day. The painting was  left for the students to enjoy in their classroom.

Second graders are listening and watching closely.

Before leaving the second graders went outside and were able to identify several images on the AAEA art advocacy van. Mrs. Cairns and Mrs. Guinn explained and demonstrated the technological modifications on the van.

It even smells like grass!

A group photo before the "Hooked on Art" van drove away.

What a great  group of second graders!  Thank you, Wadley High School (K-12) for inviting the “Hooked on Art ” Program to your classroom.

Hooked on Art Program in Florence, AL

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

At Florence Middle School, Becky Guinn presented a brief background of  Southeastern Woodland Indians, some of which lived and still live in Northern Alabama. Thousands of years ago, these Native Americans were some of the 1st metal workers. From metal these “mound builders” fashioned, spear points, decorations,  tools and  jewelry among other things. One piece was a pendant called a gorget. Becky Cairns explained the process chosen to represent these gorgets to the students.  Copper tooling was  the art form chosen for this Hooked on Art Program. Mrs. Cairns further instructed the students on how to use the things they had been given.

Florence Middle School student works with copper

Copper Tooling at Florence Middle School

Florence Middle School Student tools copper into an image

Students had prepared molds of symbols under the direction of art educator, Pat Reaves and  their science teachers. The Physical Education coaches  and teachers assisted each group with distribution and management. This was greatly  appreciated in that we saw 6 classes of approximately 80 students each in the gymnasium. Each student received their mold, a piece of copper, an instrument with which to tool the copper, an adhesive backing and a simulated leather cord from which to hang the pendant. The students were wonderful and cooperative. The most difficulty was in punching holes through the copper, forms  and backing.

Becky Guinn shares background information with Florence Middle School Students

Trip to get Art box

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

When we went to get the art box fitted in the van, there were some delays.  Good  things can happen from delays!  We were able to customize some parts of the box to better fit our supplies.  It is all finished now.  We’ll have it installed soon.  I will be able to post images of how the box works.


Rear of AAEA Hooked on Art Van

Rear of AAEA Hooked on Art Van


Sign World in Opelika, AL did an awesome job on the van wrap.  The above image is from their designer.

Art Council Review

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

I was less than pleased with my presentation before the Arts Council.  I knew what I needed to say, but I missed the mark.  Maybe I was nervous; I had difficulty focusing.  It was as if my thoughts were blocked.  We have not yet heard from the funding for the Hooked on Art Program.  We still have our fingers (hooks) crossed.

Getting “Hooked on Art” Advocacy Van Ready!

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

     Keeping an older vehicle road-worthy is important, so we have been about that task.  We took the van to the craftsman who is making an art-display-box for the back hatch on August 6th.  We were able to design the box ourselves and lay tools inside before he installed dividers for a perfect fit!  We had word from him this week that he located slides Drawing of art box designto allow the art box to pull forward onto the rear bumper of the van.  This will give us easy access to the contents of the art box.  In addition, the top of the box will fold out and down for a display and demonstration purposes.

     All of the van fittings will assist the “Hooked on Art” Program.  This art box will give us a teaching focal point when we are presenting art activities outdoors.  Learning in an outside class can be a change of pace, but can also be a  distraction if there is not a single place to draw students’ attention.  The art box provides a central place to focus for teaching points.  Also, the images on the advocacy van provide examples of a variety of art periods, artist styles and art forms.  These will serve as resource images for art activities.

     Because “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance” (according to Aristotle), we have selected a curriculum guide, “How Artists See:” earth science elements, weather, cities, families, America, feelings, etc. is a series that we will use to integrate visual arts into core curriculum at the elementary level (Grades 3-6).  The teaching guide is from Abbeville Press, New York; and involves social studies, science, language arts and humanities.  Our Multicultural art activities are derived from “Passport to the World” from Kids Art Workshop, Inc.  This study involves the art disciplines plus environmental awareness across curriculums and covers 7 continents for 1st – 5th grades.

Our “Trial Run”

Friday, July 24th, 2009

We will present a program to “at risk” students in GA on 7/29.  The GA location is within an hour’s drive.  The topic is “First Nations & Mayans & Incas.”  After making connections with the cultures and their arts, we will discuss the role of masks in many global cultures.  Students will create a mask of their own design utilizing images from the First Nations’ cultures.

First Trip to meet the AAEA Board

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009
Van plus Go equals ART!

Van plus Go equals ART!

We leave for the AAEA Board Summer Retreat in Orange Beach, AL on Thursday, July 16, 2009.