Friday, December 3, 2010

Frozen in Time: Coolest 4th Grade Art Class Ever

Yesterday I stopped by the Springbox Gallery in the NW Industrial district to check out a one-day-only showcase of Tracie Broughton's work with Mr. O's 4th grade class at Chapman Elementary.  Tracie leads in-class art lessons at Chapman, and I'm hoping she'll expand her work and we'll see her at other schools soon.  We all know art and exercise are the first programs to be dismissed when school budgets are tight!

 The students wrapped their classmates in saran wrap, one limb at a time, then followed with a layer of clear packing tape.  Once removed from the body, the students assembled the pieces to create freestanding sculpture.


The sculptures are being auctioned off tonight at the 2010 Chapman Swifts Prom at the Tiffany Center.  All proceeds directly benefit the school.

When Tracie isn't working with Chapman students, you can find her about town running Cannonball Art.  Think of it an an immersion program for art.  Contact her for private get togethers, corporate parties, or a personalized lesson.  You'll be amazed at what you can create with Tracie in a 4 to 5 hour time period.  If you think your school needs Tracie, contact her via her website.

"Like the Dive, Cannonball Art is an unencumbered outlet of passion.  It's a social event good food and drink, music and friends coming together to make a great memory and works of art that you love enough to bring home and hang on your wall."

Cannonball Art can also be found on Tuesdays and Thursdays at The Canvas Art Bar on NW 18th and Upshur St.