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  • Writer's pictureMarcy LaBella

Art influences art

Updated: May 16, 2018

One of the things I love most about working as a teaching artist at the New Britain Museum of American Art #NBMAA is that my young students can go directly into the galleries each week to be influenced by the exhibits and then straight into the studio to create works. This direct interaction with the art of great master artists has a profound effect and influence on the work they are producing.

The Beautiful Light Filled Children's Studio at #NBMAA is to die for!

I am currently working with the show American Post-Impressionists: Maurice & Charles Prendergast, March 9, 2018 – June 10, 2018 in the Stitzer Family Gallery. I am teaching in the beautiful bright airy studios on site at the museum which are light filled and a pleasure to work in.

Maurice Brazil Prendergast, Salem, 1913—15, Oil on canvas, 14 1/2 x 18 1/4 inches

I have taught "Masters" art before and have shared the works of famous artists with students, talking about things like what defines the particular style of an artist, their process, color palette and other signature elements.

Normally I would then ask them to take something from that to create a work of their own drawing upon that influence. This direct experience seems to be a different one which I feel privileged to be able to participate in. There is something about the direct interaction and exchange that has a very profound effect on the students and their work.

Beach Scene with Figures by Molly age 10 - so lovely!

We are just two weeks into our 5 week exploration of this fabulous exhibit and I cannot wait to see what else is created by the expressive talented kids in my class. I will be sharing more works soon!



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