Nesting the Arts Project has begun and our Virtual Artist in Resident, Lovie Pignata, did a wonderful job during our first workshop! On October 21st, she presented parents with a simple activity, sure to be easy to replicate at home, with their families.
The activity was called Secret or Hidden Message Paintings. Parents were asked to create secret messages on watercolor white paper using white oil pastels. Each parent created a few hidden messages. We collected all the papers, shuffled them and then distributed to all, randomly. Now was time to reveal the secret messages they have chosen by painting the paper over with watercolor paint. Participants created great color designs and had great fun discovering the secret messages written by other participants. Soon they were all trying to guess who wrote them.
This activity is a wonderful way to incorporate art into your family time at home and all parents were pleased to see how it can be adapted to do with children of all ages.
You can replicate this at home too! Lovie provided us with a list of materials and instructions. Enjoy with your family and bring art to your household with BxArts Factory
We would love to thank Wonderfully Made, Frances and Richard Rivera for hosting this amazing project. We love collaborating with them and look forward to the second workshop on November 4th.
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Secret Message Paintings
Secret Message Paintings are great for any age or art experience level. Messages are written or drawn with white pastel on white paper and the hidden images are revealed by painting the paper. The techniques are simple but the process makes it an engaging activity with an element of surprise.
Supplies: white crayons or white oil pastels, watercolor paper, watercolor paints, brushes, clipboards
Instructions: White crayons or oil pastels are used for drawing on the watercolor paper. Participants can write a message using words, draw, use stencils or scribble using the crayons on watercolor paper. Each participant should make several quick pages with messages. All the papers are shuffled and dealt like cards to each participant until there are none left. The 'secret message' papers are painted over with watercolor paints. The painting part of the exercise is not about any technique, just covering the page and seeing the 'secret message' that is revealed when the wax crayon resists the paint.
Photo Credit: Omesh Persaud
We are happy to introduce to you our 2016-2017 Advisory Committee! After a few months of a competitive selection process we have carefully chosen a group of dynamic and committed individuals to join us in our mission to bring art to every household. Each member enthusiastically told us about their experiences with art at home and in their Bronx neighborhoods. We hope you enjoy reading a bit about each of them and help us welcome them with love and light.
We present to you our 2016-2017 Advisory Committee Members!
We asked them to answer these questions and they wrote from their heart: How have the arts and the creative process impacted your life? & Do you think the arts can have an impact in the lives of Bronxites and their families? Find their answers here.
Thanks to John Maney, Yolanda L. Rodriguez, Trevon Blondet and Shardy Nieves for the photos
BxArts Factory is proud to introduce to you our very first Artist in Virtual Residence, Lovie Pignata.
We received excellent proposals for the Nesting the Arts Project, and after a very competitive review, we selected hers for its simplicity and family friendly activities.
Together with Wonderfully Made we will begin this unique initiative on October 21st. Our very first Nesting the Arts Project (NAP) will run for two months and will connect the participating parents with their artistic side.
NAP is a unique initiative created by BxArts Factory to nurture the use of art at home. We’ve seen the impact of the Arts, its influence on creativity, empowerment, development of confidence and unification between generations. It's also known to improve communication and emotional connection among family members. Through a series of workshops, we will bring parents and children together to create art. Our hope for the program is to spark parent’s desire to nest the arts as part of their parenting legacy.
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Natalie N. Caro is an editor, writer, and professor. She graduated from Lehman College, Magna Cum Laude, with double major in English Literature and Philosophy. She earned a fellowship and an MFA from City College. In 2013, she was awarded the Bronx Recognizes Its Own Fellowship by the Bronx Council on the Arts for excellence in Poetry. She was nominated for The Pushcart Prize, one of the most honored literary projects in America, in 2015. Currently, she's a doctoral candidate in CIAS- Center for Inter-American Studies, Bielefeld, University, where she will.