Docentitos – Weston Art Gallery

July 6, 2016 Blog Posts 0 Comments

A few weeks ago I was honored to come and speak with the students participating in this years Docentitos Academy at the Weston Art Gallery.

The Docentitos Academy,  “is the Weston Art Gallery’s acclaimed art ambassadorial program for young people ages 9-12 years. This two-week summer camp takes place in the Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts. Daily activities include classes, artist talks, theater tours, workshops, installation and studio visits, script rehearsals, field trips and a final project. Upon graduation, students lead tours of the gallery’s summer exhibition(s).

We briefly discussed my work and its development over time, artists I am inspired by and a generalized Q&A session.  We then visually built upon my work by the Docentitos creating their own woven work from reclaimed post consumer waste while we watched the Art:21 piece on El Anatsui.

If interested in more information on the amazing work of El Anatsui please visit the wonderful resources available for his work located at El Anatsui’s page available on Artsy.  They include over 70 examples of his work, biography and up to date exhibition listings.

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Opening night for the exhibitions Dennison W. Griffith: Another World and Christian Schmit: Lost In The Making were wonderful.  I was deeply impressed by the breath of knowledge the Docentitos had about each artist and his respective works.  Not only did they know all the required biographical facts about the artist and his work but were also able to engage in a true dialog about the work and not just a memorized script.  What a great program and applaud all those involved to make it such a success.

Few images from opening night and my Docentitos tour.

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