Saying Thank You through #streetart #wheatpaste

This post is dedicated to all the staff and students of Keith Lynn Alternative Secondary School

Alicia and I began the process of saying thank you and goodbye to a special place by covering it with our art… This building will be torn down.

This is where I worked with so many incredible students and staff.  New chapters have started for everyone. But it felt important for Alicia and I to go back.  We are following a call to add to the dialogue.  This is just a small start:

Empty quiet halls…

See more about our wheatpaste art:

China Marker Bowie and other portraits

Portrait: Jacqueline

Latest updates

This is how we do it

Once it’s up, let it go

Something this fun has got to be illegal!

Beauty in the deterioration…

Joe Average

Wide-eyed with a twist of the lips

Mia More in the morning

While I stand on the roadway…

Walking the streets of dreams

Evolution of a wheatpaste: Justine

Beauty in the deterioration Part 2

Do you know what it takes…?

We’ve gone national!

The Social Life hits the streets!

Walking the streets of dreams wall is growing

Fierce beauty: Cassandra and Shokra

Smith, K. (2007) The Guerilla Art Kit, New York, NY: Princeton Architectural Press 

 

Part 29 daily journal workshop. MINDFULNESS. #arttherapy

On Dec 26, I had a powerful conversation with a friend about mindfulness.

Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience. [source]

We also talked about tapping into deep old sorrows and purging them.  Mindfulness can bring us to those places and allow us to release.  She talked about tears streaming, mascara running and uncontrollable yawning as she released a deep-rooted sorrow.  She says she feels amazing now.

Write or draw about your experience (if any) with mindfulness.

Today’s guest speaker, Alicia Love:

Mindful Revolution:

The Mindful Revolution is a student-run initiative at the University of Pennsylvania, exploring how mindfulness, positive psychology, and character development can transform the education system from the inside out—at the level of the students themselves. Their goal is to raise awareness on the implications of minding one’s internal health—emotionally, socially, and psychologically. 

Mindfulness Revolution Study PDF

Tomorrow:

REVIEW. RESOLVE.

Daily Journal Workshop:

I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train. – Oscar Wilde

JOURNAL PARTS 1 to 25

Part 26 PERFECTIONISM

Part 27 SHUT YOUR EYES AND SEE

Part 28 ANGELS AMONG US

Pages 9-14 The Sketchbook Project 2012! @arthouse Theme: #HOPE

I chose the theme: HOPE.  Besides my own journal entries and drawings, I am including drawings by my art therapy students.

The Sketchbook Project 2012

To see pages 1-8 go to LINK

[click on images for larger view]

Pages 9-10

August 17, 2011 (includes Alicia and Miko)

Miko and Alicia add to pages 9-10

Pages 11-12

August 18 and 20 , 2011 (features Roar)

Pages 13-14 

August 20, 2011

That was all a man needed: hope. It was lack of hope that discouraged a man.
— Charles Bukowski (Factotum)

Recall I participated in The Sketchbook Project 2011 and chose the theme And Then There Was None.  You can view that sketchbook online.

The paintings of Alicia Love- fierce young talent ready for the world! #youthart #arttherapy

TO PURCHASE SPECIFIC WORK BY ALICIA YOU SEE HERE, PLEASE CONTACT ME AT: Email

I have written about Alicia Love before:

INTRODUCING ALICIA LOVE

THE MAGNIFICENT EYE-BIRDS OF ALICIA

NEW WORK BY ALICIA LOVE

Today we did a photo-shoot of her current catalogue!  (Click on the images for larger views.)

Just as she was an integral part of my pullout art program at Keith Lynn Alternative Secondary School.

Today’s highlights:

                               

I am in the process of arranging a youth art exhibit.  Stay tuned!  In the meantime, you can buy some of Alicia’s work on my online store!  More items will be posted soon:

I am so pleased to bear witness to the evolution of this young artist!

Introducing the beautiful work of young artist, Alicia Love

I originally introduced Alicia Love on my art therapy site.  Go to: THE MAGNIFICENT EYE-BIRDS OF ALICIA.  Alicia is one of my pilot project students for my YOUTH ARTISANS site on ETSY.

Alicia stands out amongst all the talented young artists that I have worked with. She has a unique and natural approach to her painting that needs to be left undisturbed, yet Alicia will rise to a challenge to adapt and problem solve in any art medium. Her fragile beauty and strong spirit shine through in her work.

I am so honored to introduce and to exhibit her work at my next art event in June (details to come)!

Here are some previews:

      

You can support Alicia by purchasing her work on my ETSY site.  These 4 small pieces are currently for sale: