to hold art camps
plans to instruct local students
on the art of sculpture
Lela Jane Bradshaw
(July 2009) Oftentimes, perfection in art hinges
on finding the right mix. Artists strive to achieve the right blend
of colors, textures and shapes in their works.
Art teacher Stacy Hardesty-Gray has hit on just such a winning combination
this summer. Incorporating her love of outdoor art with her enthusiasm
for teaching the Canaan, Ind., artist and educator will present Summer
Art for Kids Pig Out!
This art camp will allow children to create their own pig sculptures,
which will be on display to the public in August during the Madison
Ribberfest. The younger children will create smaller sculptures, while
the older students will create life-size models.
Animal lover Hardesty-Gray explains the choice of pigs as a subject
for art with a laugh, saying, Pigs are pretty easy, pretty basic
in their shape!
by Lela Bradshaw
received a Lilly grant
to take art classes
on the West Coast.
Summer Art for Kids Pig Out! will
run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on July 6-10 at the Madison Art Gallery.
The camp is geared for children ages 10 and up. A $49 registration fee
will cover the cost of materials and a T-shirt. Sign-ups are due by
July 3, although late registrations may also be accepted. The camp is
ideal for children interested in art and who are looking to learn about
sculpting in a fun environment.
Hardesty-Gray explains her interest in outdoor art saying, I like
to do things outside because its more accessible not
everyone will take the time to go to a museum.
Hardesty-Gray has previously been involved in painting murals at the
Madison Dog Park. She tells the story of how she had heard about the
dog park and became interested in visiting, but had difficulty locating
the site. That difficulty inspired the mural in hopes of increasing
visibility. She has also done paintings at the animal shelter and fairgrounds.
However, she found herself wanting to do more sculpture work and has
begun to look at ways of bringing her talents to that area of public
Now an $8,000 grant from the Lilly Endowment will allow Hardesty-Gray
to study outdoor sculpture in California. The Lilly Endowment offers
annual creativity grants to teachers and administrators. Hardesty-Gray
describes the projects undertaken through the Lilly grants as whatever
will renew yourself whatever is a personal thing.
She will be traveling West three times this summer to attend workshops
presented by Brent Sumner on garden sculpture, architectural sculpture
and sculpture installation. These seminars will show the potential and
impact of outdoor art in a variety of settings and allow participants
to engage with artists from across the country and around the world.
Hardesty-Gray highlights the value of the different workshops noting
that you get different perspectives. She said she is excited
about learning more from New Zealand artist Sumner. Sumner is noted
for developing the sculpting medium known as Darjit, which is made from
recycled materials. Darjit can be sculpted like clay or applied over
an armature. Hardesty-Gray has already attended one workshop and is
looking forward to the next two over the coming months.
During the school year, Hardesty-Gray teaches art to kinder
garten through sixth-grade students at Jac-Cen-Del Elementary in Osgood,
Ind. Her fifth and sixth grade classes work on sculpture projects similar
to the type offered in the art camp. Normally, a class would spend three
to four months on sculpture, but Hardesty-Gray is eager to see the results
of a week of intensive work and instruction.
And in just a few weeks, the community members should start to keep
their eyes peeled for the results of the childrens hard work and
imagination as the clever pig sculptures begin to show up around town.
To register for Summer Art for Kids Pig
Out!, contact Stacy Hardesty-Gray at firstname.lastname@example.org or
call (812) 839-3588.
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