A line is a dot out for a walk.
For starters, we created an educator/artist-in-residence program to add a rich dimension to the learning environment. The three educators who signed on to the program brought unique perspectives that helped guide the planning and direction of the exhibit. We are extremely grateful for the time, energy, and collaborative spirit they each so generously contributed to The Art of Play!
First up was Jessica Gorlicky, pop-artist and painter extraordinaire! We are so smitten by her art – especially her generous use of colour and line, and the energy she pours into her creations. Inspired by her live-action painting style – as well as a huge pile of transparent cutting boards salvaged from a recent challah bake fundraiser – we floated the idea of painting portraits on transparencies. Jessica embraced the idea with wholehearted enthusiasm, effectively launching a full-blown exploration into “the art of line” that lasted well beyond her one-day artist-in-residency. Because we like to offer multiple entry points, we also set up an invitation to create human spirographs, inspired by the incredible line-work of Tony Orrico. And just when we wondered how we’d ever source oversized paper in time for opening day, Elliot Sylman stepped in and generously donated a massive roll from his photography studio – proving once again that great things happen when we open our hearts and minds beyond our limitations.
Tracing the lines of the body
There’s no denying that the energy level amplified dramatically the moment Jessica stepped into the studio. Her willingness to experiment with art is awe-inspiring. What an incredible learning experience to be up close and personal with Jessica – witnessing her practiced wrist boldly guiding her brush strokes. This is an artist who throws her whole body into the act of creation. We watched as she gently encouraged people to release expectations of perfection, knowing just when to step up and when to step back as the children began to experiment with this unusual canvas on their own.
photos: Elana Emer
Click on each image to enlarge. Many of the photos in this collection are courtesy of film student, Elana Emer – another generous contributor to The Art of Play!
Notice how the layered lines affect expression in the portraits, in subtle and intense ways.
Back inside, we played with the artwork once again – experimenting with the layered effect and discovering that we could add colourful buds to bare branches and create swirling wind effects with leaves.
Notice how the layered lines add movement to our static representations of nature.
Testing out theories about light and gravity by playing with line. A window shadow adds yet another layer of line.
>> View more images from The Art of Play
>> Discover more about the artist, Jessica Gorlicky
>> The Art of Line continues to inspire: Read this blog from educator, Nan Sumner