CALL FOR ACTION: Healing art projects for the community

Dear Friends,

We all have a role we can play during this health crisis. Artists and creative individuals’ unique talents can have a positive and palpable impact on the mental health of a community through the sharing of art.

Please Help. Join us to help those who are hurting by providing DIGITAL IMAGES of your artwork to be shared —  to simply bring a smile to their face or inspire hope with reminders of the beauty of life.

Submitted images will be used in a variety of COVID-related community outreach programs:

Capital Health, Art Channel in Patient Rooms
We are collaborating with our community partner, Capital Health, to add a virtual art show to the television programming in patient rooms. We invite you to provide images of your artwork to populate the initial TV broadcast and periodic refreshes. Art images will appear on the TV screen along with the artist’s name and title of the work.

“Thinking of You” Cards

Others in Hopewell Valley are feeling the impact of mandated social distancing plus sadness and unexpected losses of income or time apart from family and friends. Sharing a card as a small act of kindness will remind people we are thinking of them with a message of love and concern.

Beginning the week of April 6, we will be distributing “Thinking of You” cards:

  • In food packages distributed by the new Hopewell Valley Mobile Food Pantry located in the HVRSD School Admin Building at 425 S. Main Street in Pennington;
  • In meal packages delivered by F.I.S.H. (Friends in  Service Here)/Meals on Wheels to home-bound individuals in Hopewell Valley; and
  • To senior residents at Brandywine Living Pennington.

We hope you will join us by sharing your talents in support of those in need in our community. The phrase “it takes a village” is more true than ever.

Be well and thank you,

Carol Lipson
Executive Director

Please see the sign-up form for image submission instructions. If you have any questions or have difficulty completing your submission, please reach out to us at info@hvartscouncil.org.

Draw A Still Life Daily Dose of Art

A big project is a lot easier to do when you break it into smaller steps – the same is true with drawing!

Fig 1

Stage 1. COLLECT objects from around your house to group together for your still life. Objects can have meaning and tell a story (family heirlooms, souvenirs from a trip, or a special gift) or they may just have interesting shapes. An odd number of objects tends to create more visual interest. If you’re a beginner, try to select shapes that aren’t too complex to draw. (Fig 1)

Fig 2

Begin drawing objects as if they are wireframe forms. Draw construction lines to show the perspective from the top of your tallest object to the lowest object and will help you with scale. When you are happy with position and composition, you can erase the lines. (Fig 2)

Stage 2. ADD DETAILS. Be aware of different sizes of objects next to each other, shape, tone, texture, pattern, and form. Begin to draw light lines to show texture and where shadows lay. Redefine outer shapes (Fig 3)

Stage 3. SHADING. Begin to add shadows on objects using the side of your pencil to define its shape and where light and dark shadows fall. Recognize shadows on your table by lightly drawing its shape like a wireframe form. (Fig 4)

Stage 4. BUILD UP THE TONE. Using the side of your pencil, fill in shadows cast onto your table by the objects. Repeat over areas that appear darker. Use your finger to rub in and soften your shadows to define the forms and shapes. (Fig 5)

Stage 5. FINISHING TOUCHES. Focusing on the spaces between your objects, deepen these tones. Use an eraser to lighten areas where your light source reflects the most to completed your still life. (Fig 6)

Thank you to Kyle Wille, HV Arts Council Board Member, for this incredible Daily Dose of Art!

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home” – Twyla Tharp

 

 

Stay in touch and share where your imagination has taken you by posting your project photos on Facebook or Instagram with the tag #HVArtsDailyDose or email a photo to us at info@hvartscouncil.org!

 

 

CALL FOR ACTION: Healing art projects for the community

Dear Friends,

We all have a role we can play during this health crisis. Artists and creative individuals’ unique talents can have a positive and palpable impact on the mental health of a community through the sharing of art.

Please Help. Join us to help those who are hurting by providing DIGITAL IMAGES of your artwork to be shared —  to simply bring a smile to their face or inspire hope with reminders of the beauty of life.

Submitted images will be used in a variety of COVID-related community outreach programs:

Capital Health, Art Channel in Patient Rooms
We are collaborating with our community partner, Capital Health, to add a virtual art show to the television programming in patient rooms. We invite you to provide images of your artwork to populate the initial TV broadcast and periodic refreshes. Art images will appear on the TV screen along with the artist’s name and title of the work.

“Thinking of You” Cards

Others in Hopewell Valley are feeling the impact of mandated social distancing plus sadness and unexpected losses of income or time apart from family and friends. Sharing a card as a small act of kindness will remind people we are thinking of them with a message of love and concern.

Beginning the week of April 6, we will be distributing “Thinking of You” cards:

  • In food packages distributed by the new Hopewell Valley Mobile Food Pantry located in the HVRSD School Admin Building at 425 S. Main Street in Pennington;
  • In meal packages delivered by F.I.S.H. (Friends in  Service Here)/Meals on Wheels to home-bound individuals in Hopewell Valley; and
  • To senior residents at Brandywine Living Pennington.

We hope you will join us by sharing your talents in support of those in need in our community. The phrase “it takes a village” is more true than ever.

Be well and thank you,

Carol Lipson
Executive Director

Please see the sign-up form for image submission instructions. If you have any questions or have difficulty completing your submission, please reach out to us at info@hvartscouncil.org.

More Mandalas!

Another mandala has been created by Dana Weekley of NineTomatoes for your coloring pleasure.

This “More Love” mandala is for the advanced color-er.  You’ll want to use pencils or ultra-fine markers to stay inside of the lines… but then again, you don’t have to!  

A mandala (or circle) represents the origin of life. Its center gently directs us to the infinite space within. The mandalas remind us that behind our physical facades, we’re each our own perfect, beautiful pattern, exquisitely individual.

So find a quiet place, put on some zen or classical music and color away!

 

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home” – Twyla Tharp

 

 

Stay in touch and share where your imagination has taken you by posting your project photos on Facebook or Instagram with the tag #HVArtsDailyDose or email a photo to us at info@hvartscouncil.org!

“More Love” by Dana Weekley

 

Make-A-Wish Card

Please help bring messages of hope to “Wish Kids.” Make-A-Wish has provided life-changing hope, strength, and joy to children with critical illnesses for over 40 years.

We just learned that more wishes are on hold than ever before. Make-A-Wish kids represent some of the most vulnerable among us. While they wait for their wish to come true, let’s help us encourage them by sharing a message of hope. 

These are a few of the awesome Wish Kids: Alan, Age 4 (Fig 1); Naja, Age 13 (Fig 2); Bettirose, Age 14 (Fig 3)

How to Bring Messages of Hope to Wish Kids Today:

Step 1: Create a message, video, photo, song, dance —whatever you can imagine — sharing a message of hope.

Step 2: Post to any social media channel, tag @MakeAWish (@MakeAWishAmerica on Instagram) and use the hashtags #WishesAreWaiting and #HVArtsDailyDose

Step 3: Tag and invite two or more of your friends to join in.

Tips for creating your message of hope: ☆ Speak from the heart. ☆ Let them know they’re supported. ☆ Remind them to keep wishing. ☆ Give them encouragement.

 For more information you can go to wish.org/messages-of-hope.

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home” – Twyla Tharp

Stay in touch and share where your imagination has taken you by posting your project photos on Facebook or Instagram with the tag #HVArtsDailyDose or email a photo to us at info@hvartscouncil.org!

April Fool’s Eggs

Here’s a fun (and harmless) April Fool’ Day prank for today’s Daily Dose of Art #HVArtsDailyDose!

Step 1.  Early in the morning when no one is looking, go into your refrigerator and take out the box of eggs (hopefully, you have some). 

Step 2.  Pick up each egg one at a time and draw a funny face on it with a marker.  (photo above)

Step 3.  Close the box lid and put it back in the refrigerator.

Step 4.  Suggest eggs for breakfast…. then casually sit-back and see what happens.

Happy April Fool’s Day!

Stay in touch and share where your imagination has taken you by posting your project photos on Facebook or Instagram with the tag #HVArtsDailyDose or email a photo to us at info@hvartscouncil.org!

 

Blackout Poetry Daily Dose of Art

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home” – Twyla Tharp

Everyone is a poet when it comes to “blackout poetry” — even if you don’t know it!

A blackout poem is when a page of text (example: from a magazine or newspaper) is completely blacked out EXCEPT for a few words (usually with a black marker) selected by the poet (that’s YOU). 

Fig 1

Step 1.  Start by looking at a page of text and draw boxes around words that appeal to you.  Decide if you want big words to convey a theme or small words to make full sentences (or a mix — however you’d like). It’ll take a little time and some to get it the way you want. (Fig 1)

Step 2.  Once you’ve picked out and boxed the words you want to keep, use a marker to “blackout” the rest of the page.  I used a red marker, so I guess I made “red-out poetry.” LOL (Fig 2.)  

When done, I realized my poem’s words spanned two columns that were now covered up.  I needed to guide the reader through my poem somehow, so I added some decorative arrows. (Fig 3)

Step 3.  You can stop at Step 2 or continue embellishing by adding doodles or images. (Fig 4)

Check out these other cool examples from Pinterest. (Fig 5 & Fig 6)

Stay in touch and share where your imagination has taken you by posting your project photos on Facebook or Instagram with the tag #HVArtsDailyDose or email a photo to us at info@hvartscouncil.org!

 

 

 

 

Art Spires Information Session

POSTPONED to April 30. 

Calling All Creative Members of the Community…. The Hopewell Valley Arts Council is seeking a wide-range of artists and creative community members to decorate ash wood “art spires” for our art-initiative ​Out of the Ashes: Art Emerging from Fallen Trees​. The art spires commemorate the loss of our beautiful native ash tree due to the ravages of the emerald ash borer beetle.

Participants can be enthusiastic individuals, teams, or families. Ash wood spires will be available in two sizes: 5” x 5” x 6’ and 8” x 8” x 8’. There are also full ash trunks reserved for experienced woodworkers with tools and ability to safely handle extremely heavy wood.

The decorated spires and carved trunks will be installed at various locations throughout Hopewell Valley, displayed for the community through the summer and fall. The spires will then be auctioned-off to the public with proceeds shared by the artists and the HV Arts Council.

Registration Deadline​: April 30, 2020
Art Spire Completion Date​: June 22, 2020
Fee​: Eligible artists/teams who are non-members may receive one ash wood spire to decorate for a non-refundable registration fee of $25. No fee for HV Arts Council members.

Come to one of three information sessions to hear more and sign-up:

      • Monday, March 30, 2020 – 7pm at Hopewell Valley Vineyards POSTPONED
      • Wednesday, April 15, 2020 – 7pm at the Pennington Public Library
      • Saturday, April 18, 2020 – 10am at the Hopewell Train Station
      • Monday, April 30, 2020 – 7pm at Hopewell Valley Vineyards

Alphabet Sticks Daily Dose of Art

The rain’s stopped, so let’s get outside! Today’s project challenges you to make letters of the alphabet using gathered sticks.

Step 1. Collect fallen sticks of approximately the same thickness. (Fig 1)

Step 2. Trim down the sticks thinking about the shapes needed for your letters — perhaps your initials. Start laying out your letters. Give your stick parts a good wash and let them dry.  (Fig 2)

Step 3. Letters made with straight lines are pretty easy.  Curved letters, like a ‘C’ or an ‘S’ will be a bit harder, requiring several sticks to be attached together to make the curves.  I connected my stick pieces with thin wire, but you can use string, yarn or hot glue, whatever you have. (Fig 2)

Fig 4

Step 4. Now decorate away!  Use whatever you have around the house.  I decorated my initials, C-A-L, in three differents ways to give you some ideas:  the ‘C’ was wrapped with fuzzy yarn; the ‘A’ was painted; and the ‘L’ was glued with blue faux pearls.

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home” – Twyla Tharp

Stay in touch and share where your imagination has taken you by posting your project photos on Facebook or Instagram with the tag #HVArtsDailyDose or email a photo to us at info@hvartscouncil.org!

POWER ROCKS Daily Dose of Art

Can you believe it? Today is our 16th Daily Dose of Art. We hope POWER ROCKS will inspire you and help you power through the coming week. 

Step 1. On your daily walk, (socially distancing, of course) find several rocks… the flatter and smoother the better.

Step 2. Wash the rocks and lay them out to dry.  While your rocks are thoroughly drying, think of a saying or quote that inspires you.

Step 3. Trace the outline of your rock onto a piece of scratch paper so you can plan your design before applying paint to make sure that it will fit.

Step. 4.  (Optional) If you don’t have paint, experiment with various markers that you have on hand on lesser-prized rocks. Some markers will definitely work better than others.  

Step 5.  If you want a solid color background, paint the entire rock.  The background must be COMPLETELY dry before adding another color. If you’re too impatient, a blow dryer can speed things up.

If you like the natural color of your rock, no need to paint a background. 

Step 5.  Paint your design/quote on the rock. Your fingers can easily get in the way and smudge any paint that is not dry. To avoid smudging, don’t be in a hurry. Work in stages, letting parts dry before moving on. If you mess up, don’t worry.  You can get another rock or just repaint the background and start over.

Step 6.  If you love your completed POWER ROCK and want to keep it for an extended period of time, it should be protected with a sealer, like outdoor Mod Podge or clear spray Rustoleum. This will help keep the paint from chipping. And, since most of us don’t have sealer on hand, you can do this step at a future date.

(Idea:  Make several and surprise a neighbor by leaving one on their door step. Or give one to a member of your family that might need a pick-me-up.  You rock!)

Check out these finished rocks.  Simple or complicated… they are all inspiring. (Fig 1, Fig 2, Fig 3, Fig 4)

Stay in touch and share where your imagination has taken you by posting your project photos on Facebook or Instagram with the tag #HVArtsDailyDose or email a photo to us at info@hvartscouncil.org!