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TEACH AND BE TAUGHT

Written by Alice G. Foreman, NW Art Committee Member:

Some might wonder at the title of this blog entry. For those currently serving on the Junior League of Seattle’s NW Art Committee, or JLS members who have served on the Committee and been privileged to go into one of the Seattle Public Schools (SPS), the meaning will be very clear. It won’t even be an “aha” moment; they will just smile and agree.

I want to provide a little explanation for those readers who have not enjoyed the experience of in-room teaching, being a docent, or being a member of the NW Art Committee (something I hope all Seattle Leaguer’s do at some point during their JLS career), but enough Committee endorsement, just read on and you will understand.

Before you can teach you must be taught. You must learn about art and our artists.  Being a member of the NW Art committee, you will learn under the watchful eyes of the Committee Chair, Vice Chairs and Committee Advisors. The keys and overarching links in the learning process of the NW Art Committee are two-fold:

  • Halinka Wodzicki, JLS’s art educator and the Museum Education Manager of the University of Washington’s Henry Art Gallery. The Henry is a fine repository of Northwest Art, a jewel of a show place for fine art as well as place to educate the public about art.
  • Committee continuity and knowledge sharing.

First of all, let us start with Halinka, a teaching star. She is knowledgeable and approachable.  She is the person who will give you the tools, knowledge and understanding of art you will need to be a successful docent yourself. Her lesson plans and insight tell you exactly how to use these tools and share them with students and teachers alike. So, if you choose to go into the schools to teach/docent, you will be taught.

Secondly, NW Art committee continuity and the sharing of knowledge and experiences is ever-present and an immeasurable factor in the success of bringing art into the schools.

When you get into the classroom, there are moments and experiences where your students teach you. They find a color you had not seen in an art piece. They see and share information about the placement of lines and shapes. You will find their excitement contagious. They will let you know what they see, and they are eager to try on your explanations and compare their thinking with yours.

The ultimate success is the knowledge that you have shared information that will help expand students’ horizons in all areas of their learning. It was always a great thrill for my docent partner, Minda Brusse, and I to receive a fine report card as well as appreciation from our school’s principal for the lessons we shared.

What did the students I taught and the experience of being a docent teach me? That a student’s eyes and minds are open to the creative wonder of art and its importance in our world, and that the experience of letting them interact with art and seeing their imaginations at work is a joy.

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An Evening of Art & Artists

The Junior League of Seattle and Henry Art Gallery are partnering to offer an exciting training session focusing on the rich history of Northwest Art and artists. Artworks by Northwest artists such as Mark Tobey, Morris Graves and others from the Henry’s Collection will be on view in the Reed Collections Study Center for this special evening. This event coincides with the exhibition of paintings on view in the North Galleries, many of which are similar pieces in Junior League of Seattle’s Collection.

This training event will be led by renowned local art expert John Braseth and our own Tricia Tiano.

Space is limited! If you registered and are unable to attend this event, please cancel your reservation in Digital Cheetah at least 2 days before the event.

Note: In addition to registering on Digital Cheetah, the Henry Art Gallery requires tickets for entry (free). Click on this link to register with the Henry Art Gallery: http://www.strangertickets.com/location/3794242/henry-art-gallery

Click “GET” and bring the ticket with you the night of the training.

Henry Art Gallery
Reed Collections Study Center
15th Ave NE & NE 41st St.
Seattle WA
March 8, 2012
6:30 – 8:30pm

Read more about the history of NW Art (Wonderful article written by Dee Dickinson and Tricia Tiano.)

Arlene Lev – JLS Artist Studio Visit

Arlene Lev in her studio.
Last Saturday, local artist Arlene Lev welcomed a small group from the NW Art committee into her home for an afternoon of discussing art. Arlene’s painting Domestic Whatnot (1985) will be part of the Junior League of Seattle’s collection of art traveling through
Eastside school districts this spring, in partnership with the Bellevue Arts Museum.

Arlene spoke about her process when painting. She says that when she works she makes a soup of color and then works out the rhythmic movement.  From that soup, she brings out the image.  “I haven’t a clue what I’ll be doing before I start.”  Her early work is abstract while her more recent work is more representational and uses less color.  Her work is very personal and autobiographical.  She has a studio in her home in Seattle and has her own press to create mono prints.  Committee members were even spontaneously invited to see her studio upstairs.  

Arlene believes that what we are doing when we are looking at a picture is a kind of reading.  However, we must use a vocabulary that we have not been taught.  Artists use different methods to help us stop, look, and read their images.  Lev believes that “the context of a picture is not what you immediately think it is.  It goes beyond what you see to that mysterious “other” that will reveal itself.  The slip of the world as we know it comes from our childhood and from our present.”   

The NW Art committee visits with 2-3 living artists every spring who are represented in the JLS collection.
NW Art Committee visit the studio of Arlene Lev.


An Evening of Art & Conversation about Northwest Art and Artists

The Junior League of Seattle and Henry Art Gallery are partnering to offer an exciting training session focusing on the rich history of Northwest Art and artists.  Artworks by Northwest artists such as Mark Tobey, Morris Graves and others from the Henry’s Collection will be on view in the Reed Collections Study Center for this special evening. This event coincides with the exhibition of paintings on view in the North Galleries, many of which are similar pieces in Junior League of Seattle’s collection.

This training event will be led by renowned local art expert John Braseth and our own Tricia Tiano.  Both have extensive experience and knowledge of Pacific NW Artists.

The Junior League of Seattle Northwest Art Project develops critical thinking through art.  For 51 years, the program has been bringing original works of art by Northwest artists to local classrooms—reaching over 11,000 children and 400 educators last year alone.  During its early years, the program was hosted and administered in conjunction with the Henry Art Gallery.  This training will focus on reflection of art through inquiry-based critical thinking methods.

Space is limited! Members: Click here to register.  If you registered and are unable to attend, please cancel your reservation in Digital Cheetah at least 2 days prior to the event.

Note:  In addition to registering on Digital Cheetah, the Henry Art Gallery requires tickets for entry (free).  In February you will receive an email with online directions to obtain the Henry Art Gallery ticket.

Henry Art Gallery
Reed Collections Study Center
15th Ave NE & NE 41st St.
Seattle WA

March 8, 2012
6:30 – 8:30pm