BxArts Factory, The Point CDC and Villalobos Brothers present:
Hombres de Arcilla / Men of Clay
April 22 to May 29, 2017
The Point Campus for the Arts and Environment
1391 Lafayette Avenue,
The Bronx, NY, 10454
"Hombres de Arcilla” (Men of Clay) showcases Alberto Villalobos’ collection of 43 hand-made clay masks. These masks honor the memory of the 43 disappeared students from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, Mexico. About his work, Villalobos says "for me, clay represents the fragility of life, yet the resilience of the human spirit. I hope that by giving faces to the disappeared, their memory may live on." Special guest artist, Miguel Angel Mendoza Melchor will also be exhibiting oil portraits of all 43 students.
Schedule of events:
Saturday, April 22 - 5 to 9 p.m.
Sunday, May 7 - 1 to 3 p.m.
Community Action Day
Saturday, May 13
Collaborative Workshop after the Bronx River Alliance Flotilla
Tuesday, May 16 - 4 to 6 p.m.
Clay Art Workshop with Alberto Villalobos
Saturday, May 27 - 5 to 8 p.m.
Closing Reception - Writing/Poetry Night - Remembering the Missing
Wednesdays – 4:30 to 6:30 pm
Saturdays – 3:00 to 5:00 pm
Sundays – 3:00 to 5:00 pm
Love & Friendship: Paint Nite!
Saturday, February 11, 2017
From 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
884 Gerard Avenue, Bronx, NY 10452
You don't need any experience in painting to become an artist for one night and have fun in the process. On this night, we I host a painting class so you can learn how to recreate the art piece I created just for this event.
This time bring your partner, best friend or date and create an image using both canvases. You can display them together or separate... whatever your heart tells you!
Ticket includes a FREE drink and all art materials! At the end of the night you will take home your own creation on a canvas! At the Draft House you can order a variety of cocktails, beers and get a taste of their delicious dishes. Come with your partner, your friend, or on your own to meet other great people and network!
This month we have a special treat! During our summer months, adults and children in the community have created designs on the aprons that you will use. It is a way for them to thank you for your financial contribution! You can have this specially designed aprons! You can purchase the apron you will use this evening for only $5!
All funds collected by BxArts Factory will support our 2017 FREE programming. With your contributions we are able to purchase materials, support the artists facilitating workshops or performing and provide free of cost opportunities for community members.
By Natalie Caro and Yolanda Rodriguez
As schools become increasingly test-centered and everything academic seems to be focused on standardization, the Arts are often the last bastion of imagination, creative learning, and play.
In an article written in 2008, Laurie E Hansen describes her arts in the home project and illustrates the ways in which "[a] parent art program is one way to enhance the visual arts curriculum in early childhood settings while promoting positive home-school connections and interactions with the community."
In much the same manner, our second Nesting the Arts Project workshop was an another opportunity, in a series of many, to work with 'parents as partners in Arts education.'
Virtual Resident Artist, Lovie Pignata, guided groups of parents to work together and create their original Pizza pies. Pizza pies made from paper, an easily acquired material. The activity sparked conversations and created an atmosphere of collaboration. The activity was successful on many levels that were modeled in the interactions between parents.At home, it can be used to aid in the socio-emotional development of children. Table top conversation help children foster stronger communications skills and vocabularies, which are becoming increasingly atrophied with the use of technology.
Cutting up slices is also a really great way of reinforcing quantitate reasoning skills. Sharing pizza makes everyone do fractions to make sure that we all get an equal piece of the pie!
We think you can do this at home. Below please find a supplies list and instructions. Remember to follow our Facebook group to watch videos and hear from participating parents: : Virtual Residency: Nesting the Arts Projects by BxArts Factory
Pizza Night is a fun art version of a favorite NYC staple, Pizza! Families will paint, glue, color and cut slices of pizza with their family members' favorite toppings.
--Pasteboard paper (or large piece of heavy paper) 1 piece per family/group
--Colored pencils or markers
--blank paper (decent weight for coloring, size doesn't matter, it's to make the 'toppings')
--red paint (for the sauce) with sponges
--shredded paper (a few handfuls from a shredder)
--paper plates (I have these!)
Using approx 20" circle cut from heavy paper as the 'pizza', participants will draw slices on the circle; one for each person in the group (or 2 slices each if there are 2-3 people). 'Sauce' will be painted on with red paint, allowing room for the 'crust' along the outer edge. Once dry, glue is drizzled on the sauce layer and shredded paper is applied as 'Cheese'. The pizza toppings can be used from the project's coloring sheet or drawn on blank paper and cut out. Toppings are added for each family member. Members can also make slices for one another, guessing favorite toppings before gluing them into place. The pizza is cut into slices and can be glued to paper plates and 'served'.
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.
To follow along, watch videos and enjoy exclusive content join our Facebook Group: Virtual Residency: Nesting the Arts Projects by BxArts Factory
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
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.
Join our Facebook Group Virtual Residency: Nesting the Arts Projects by BxArts Factory to receive updates on the project’s development and exclusive content!
It’s not every day you get to take a drawing class with the guy who animated some of your favorite childhood films, and yet there I was sitting in the Bronx Music Heritage Center with a sketch pad and charcoal pencil in hand.
Mario Menjivar, an already tall guy, stood before like some hero out of the animated films he’s worked on as he effortlessly turned two eggs into a skull before fourteen sets of eyes. It was like magic, when he pressed his kohl black pencil against the oversized sticky paper on the wall and made a torso that would connect to the skull he had already sketched out, using only some simple lines and an even bigger oval.
It makes sense on a metaphorical level that even animated life would begin with an egg, but it hadn’t been the way I was taught to see the world.
Menjivar, a current Bronx native, began his artistic career in the animation industry for twenty two years, most of them as part of the Walt Disney Feature Animation studio. His work is featured in eight of the studio's films, among them: "Lion King," " Pocahantas," "Mulan," "Hercules," "Tarzan," and "Treasure Planet. He has gone to direct art and character design for several independent animation studios as well as designing merchandise for Disney and comic covers for DC comics and has taught animation and anatomy at The School of Visual Arts.
Natalia Zamparini a self-described “Artist. Human,” is a muse out of “Hercules;” the whole thing frankly felt unreal as she peeled off layers of royal purple fabric to reveal her form. There was no way I was going to be able to draw her, I thought. I was especially nervous because Zamparini is also an amazing artist, whose work with henna is some of the most inspired and intricate I’ve seen firsthand. (BxArts Factory was fortunate enough to get her to share her gifts with us at our anniversary fundraiser.) Henna out of hand, Natalia became the art herself. She leaned forward and stretched her arms out, giving us several poses to work with.
Mario, perhaps feeling how nervous some of us were, made it a point to walk around the room and dedicate more one on one instruction with the super beginner students, like me. By the end of the class, many of us produced work we were genuinely proud of. In two hours, I learned more than I had ever imagined I would. By the third class, I suspect I’ll be drawing my own business cards. Watch out now. I urge anyone and anyone to attend. This was the real deal.
Get Ready to Boogie on the Boulevard!
This year, on the last Sunday of every month from May-August, the center lanes of the Grand Concourse will be closed to cars and open to a world of fun. Boogie on the Boulevard is the largest Open Streets event in the Bronx, so get ready to walk, bike, skate, and boogie starting at 162nd Street from 12:00pm-4:00pm, as thousands of Bronxites celebrate the Boulevard of Dreams!
Thursday, May 19th
Thursday, May 26th
From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Bronx Music Heritage Center Laboratory
1303 Louis Nine Boulevard
Bronx, NY, 1045
Objective/Objetivo: To discover the diverse possibilities that an everyday object give us, to create objects inside the workshop and finally to make a collective project./ Descubrir las diversas posibilidades que nos da el objeto y crear dentro del taller algunos de ellos y finalmente realizar una obra colectiva.
• The object that, as we transform it, transform us/El objeto que transformado nos transforma
• The importance of using the natural and organic; both for our health and for the planet/Importancia de usar lo natural, tanto para la salud como para el planeta.
• How to make geometric shapes on the orange peel/Como hacer formas geométricas en la piel de la naranja
• Basic drawing tools and how to make colors to use them with the objects created/Herramientas básicas del dibujo y como hacer colores para usarlos en los objetos realizados
• Types of oranges and their uses/Diferentes tipos de naranjas y sus usos
• Drying and shaping/ Secado y formas
• Cutting the peel based on the different uses/Cortes de la naranja de acuerdo a los diferentes usos
• Where to find the materials/Lugares donde se encuentran los materiales
Participants will create bracelets, flowers and creative items (different creations) using orange peels.
This workshop is free, open to community members 18 years old or older!
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED- SPACES ARE LIMITED!
Saturday, May 7th
Saturday, May 14th
Saturday, May 28th
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Bronx Music Heritage Center Laboratory
1303 Louis Nine Boulevard
Bronx, NY, 10459
Traditional one-hour-and-45-minute Hatha Yoga class. The pace of this class is very gentle. However it is a comprehensive, balanced class with a steady flow of Hatha yoga postures, relaxation between asanas, Pranayama (breathing practices), deep relaxation, and a meditation. First-time students are welcome.
This workshop is open to community members 18 years old or older!
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED- SPACES ARE LIMITED!
Friday, May 20th 2016
from 7:30 to 10 p.m.
The Bronx Beer Hall
2344 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY
Ticket includes a FREE drink and all art supplies. At the end of the night you will take home your own creation on a canvas!
This evening, all funds collected by BxArts Factory will support our Community Engagement Summer Activities as well as our Bring Art to Every Household programming in the Fall!
This summer we will be participating in 4 summer events! These events are:
1. Longwood Art Festival - June 4th
2. Boogie on the Boulevard - Last Sundays on May, June, July and August
3. Wonderfully Made Walkathon – July 9th
4. Weekend Walks with WHEDco and Morning Glory Garden – September 17th
In the Fall and Winter we will be collaborating with Wonderfully Made Family Services to bring art directly to the homes of the parents and families involved in their parenting programs!
These are unique and special project to us and they allow us to have a real and powerful connection with the community through the use of art and creativity as a vehicle for change!
Support us by buying your tickets today!
Bringing Art to Every Household.