By Rita Young
Artists share their perception of their world through art-making. Whether it’s a 6-year-old who is fascinated by trains or the latest superhero or a teen who is concerned about the environment and how things work. The desired reaction to one’s artwork is the goal; the key is mastering the aesthetics of framing. Will the framing call attention to a particular part of their art or downplay key parts. What type of pedestal works best for a sculpture? Or is any needed? Does the artwork need space to view it properly? Or does it work better surrounded by many pieces or juxtaposed against particular forms, textures or color?
When we take pride in the work we do, we want it to be noticed in the very best light. Exhibiting one’s art allows artists to experience the joy of accomplishment. The accomplishment of not only a full school year dedicated to the study of fine art in the case of students at our school, but accomplishment over the struggles of exercising creativity as well. Those of you who have heard me speak about the process of exercising creativity know that although it’s fun to make art, there are challenges and the outcome is not guaranteed. When a child selects a work to exhibit, there is something about the piece that brings pride. The Marvegos provides students who exhibit an opportunity to talk about their art and art-making experience. Their talks or interviews are videotaped and shown at the exhibition of their art (see Emma’s charming video on our Facebook). When you listen to students talk about their art, it is clear that students are thoroughly engaged in the process and decisions leading to the completion of their work. Advanced students who not only create the art but also design their own pieces speak to the conceptual development of their pieces and adapting to their work as the work progresses until the piece feels complete.
Framing and presenting one’s artwork is an important and final step in the experience of art-making. Art doesn’t speak for itself. Art needs to be packaged and presented to pull off the desired effect. Even in industry, the practice of packaging and presenting products is understood, thoughtfully planned out, and valued. Think of the iPhone, and you know this is true.
We celebrated with all those artists who exhibited at our studios this past June. As you enter into the school year and prepare for our first art session, talk to your student about what it means to them to exhibit. Ask them to evaluate their own art throughout the year with an eye toward selecting that one piece to exhibit . . . and share with others.
My staff posted albums from the June exhibits on Facebook. Take a look. Enjoy. Share.