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ARToon Goes Public at The Packing House

March 10, 2014 – Where are you likely to find Space Kitty, Foxman, The Sleepwalker, Turtle Boy, The Golden Grasshopper, The Dependable Man and Lollipop Love all at the same time and in the same place? Answer: on the ARToon Art Wall exhibition at the east patio of The Packing House, 532 W. First Street in Claremont on Friday, March 21st at 5:30pm.

El Roble student Sam Offill-Jackson works on a panel from his comic book Gazr and Vesuvius.

El Roble student Sam Offill-Jackson works on a panel from his comic book Gazr and Vesuvius.

ARToon is an original Claremont Museum of Art after school arts education program that helps El Roble Intermediate School students discover the art of cartooning. The program is celebrating the close of its second year of cartoon instruction this month. Each of the 32 “ARToonistas” created an original, large format page from his or her comic book or graphic novel concept. The cartoons are being printed onto vinyl that will be installed onto the 8 ft. by 24 ft. Art Wall located on the east patio adjacent to The Packing House.

Student artists, their parents and relatives, El Roble faculty and staff, and the Claremont community are invited to celebrate the unveiling of the ARToon student cartoons at the site of the Art Wall. The public is encouraged to join the party in the West Village on Friday, March 21st at 5:30pm. Light refreshments will be served. The 2014 ARToon Art Wall cartoon exhibition replaces the 2013 ARToon exhibition. The new 2014 exhibition will remain in place on the Art Wall through August 2014.

ARToon Art Wall Unveiling and Artist Reception, Friday, March 21, 5:30pm
The Packing House, East Patio, 532 W. First Street, Claremont

ARToon is produced solely by the Claremont Museum of Art in partnership with El Roble Intermediate School and funded by generous donations from a CMA member and Claremont
contributors Peggy A. Carlson, Wealthcare Capital Management Inc. and Gould Asset Management, LLC.

Oakmont students experience the sculpture of Betty Davenport Ford with Project ARTstART

(March 3, 2014) – Project ARTstART, a Claremont Museum of Art education program in its third year directed by Rich Deely, trains high school students, working with college mentors, to provide exhibit-based art lessons for elementary school students. By bringing high-quality, art appreciation classes and activities to the Claremont school system, we hope to inspire, promote understanding of art and highlight Claremont’s rich artistic history.

Monday March 10, 1:00pm at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
Thursday March 13, 1:00pm at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

We invite you to experience Project ARTstART in action as Claremont High School students of Project ARTstART lead field trips for Oakmont Elementary School 4, 5 and 6 grades to the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.  There, they will visit the Claremont Museum of Art exhibition Betty Davenport Ford: Capturing the Animal Spirit, take a nature walk and engage in a clay-based activity.

To prepare for their presentations, ARTstARTers met with the artist and her daughter, Cathleen Ford Miner, tested out a clay activity with ceramic artist Jennifer Grace, and developed a pre-visit lesson that they presented at Oakmont during the week of February 24th.

Launched in the fall of 2011, Project ARTstART recruits high school and college students as teachers and mentors. These ARTstART Teens are trained as docents to offer multi-visit arts appreciation lessons to elementary students, in the classroom, and in local museum settings. ARTstART Teens learn how to plan presentations that employ Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) and interact with art educators, artists, curators, and students from the Claremont Colleges.

ARTstART‘s roster now totals 45 high school students and three college mentors to enable ARTstART to serve 4-6th grade classes at Sycamore, Oakmont and Vista del Valle elementary schools with student-planned and presented arts appreciation activities and field trips.

Project ARTstART is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Flourish Foundation and the City of Claremont.

ARToon kicks off with cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz visit to El Roble

ARToon!(January 25, 2013) – A new Claremont Museum of Art arts education project, called ARToon will give voice to a generation of middle school students through the art of cartooning. The program, directed by Lori Evans Lama in collaboration with El Roble Intermediate School, will launch February 5 and continue for six weekly after- school lessons culminating with a public exhibition and display on the Art Wall at the Packing House in April.

ARToon-la_cucarachaTuesday, February 5, 2:15pm – Lalo Alcaraz, creator of the daily L.A. Times syndicated “La Cucaracha” comic strip will kick off the first ARToon lesson by working with students and focusing on cartooning in a strip format.

El Roble Intermediate School, 665 N Mountain Ave, Claremont. Please pickup your visitors’ badge at the front office and you will be escorted to Art Room 803.

On site contact is Peggy Carlson, cell 909 374-1491.

An after school class of forty El Roble Intermediate School students will pick a cartoon format, develop an original character and tell a story or express their thoughts, insights and beliefs on paper in cartoon form. Students will work under the tutelage of El Roble’s art teacher, Wendy Kubiak, and will learn about some of the great cartoon artists of our time and how their cartoons have been used throughout history to communicate thoughts, opinions, commentary and ideas.

On February 12, award winning editorial cartoonist Anne Cleaves will talk about her experiences as an editorial cartoonist and present a short history of political cartooning. On February 19, comic book artist and ‘Cartoonista,’ Javier Hernandez will help students begin developing their own original stories and signature characters.

Finally, the ARToon exhibition will premiere on March 22 at El Roble. In April, a billboard-sized outdoor installation will be unveiled on the Packing House Art Wall. Watch for more details to come.

ARToon is produced solely by the Claremont Museum of Art in partnership with El Roble Intermediate School and funded by a generous donation from a CMA member and these Claremont contributors: Curtis Real Estate; Peggy A. Carlson, Wealthcare Capital Management, Inc.; Gould Asset Management, LLC.

Student Exhibition highlights achievements of Project ARTstART

ARTstART_exhibition (May 29, 2012) – The Claremont Museum of Art launched Project ARTstART in the Fall of 2011. Under the direction of Rich Deely, the program’s inaugural year has been enthusiastically received by over 200 Claremont students. Project ARTstART is a youth arts education program that involves older students in teaching, and younger students in learning about Claremont’s many arts and cultural attractions. An exhibition of related student artwork will be on view Wednesday, May 30 6-8pm and Thursday, May 31 10-4pm in the Claremont Heritage Ginger Elliott Exhibition Center in Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont.

Sycamore Elementary Art Program collaborates with Project ARTstART to focus on PST

Using the Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time celebration of post-World War II arts as a departing theme, high school students of the Claremont Museum of Art’s Project ARTstART collaborated with Sycamore arts educator Mary Town to create thematic arts activities for Sycamore School’s 4th, 5th, and 6th grade classes. The plan was simple: have high school students identify themes, create activities based on local PST exhibitions, and present lessons to Sycamore students under the guidance of both Sycamore and CMA staff.

ARTstART_exhibition-02The works exhibited are a sample of projects undertaken over the course of the semester relating to the ARTstART student-devised themes for each class presentation. Inspired by works of artists from the Pomona Valley Community, ARTstARTers and their college mentors planned and presented art appreciation introductions and field trips followed by art-making projects. Field trip destinations included: Clay’s Tectonic Shift at Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Big Bugs/David Rogers installations at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and Claremont Modern: The Artists of the GI Bill, presented by the Claremont Museum of Art in collaboration with Claremont Heritage.

Claremont High School students build leadership skills through Project ARTstART

Twenty-five Claremont High School ARTstARTers met weekly throughout the Fall semester. Under the direction of museum educator Rich Deely and Claremont Colleges student mentors, they visited cultural sites to familiarize themselves with Claremont’s arts heritage and learned how to prepare and present lessons. They based simple project ideas around their trips to Claremont Heritage, the Maloof residence, the Scripps College Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, and the Pomona College Museum of Art.

ARTstART_exhibition-03In February, after much planning and preparation ARTstART Teens presented arts appreciation activities at Sycamore Elementary School for five classes of 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students. As students visited the Claremont Modern: The Artists of the GI Bill exhibition, ARTstARTers introduced their chosen theme through activities. Example themes included ‘Making Impressions,’ Working in the 3rd Dimension/ Sculpture’ and ‘There Are No Mistakes’ [in Art]. Once all five ARTstART teams had worked with Sycamore students, they met to compare notes and conduct a self-assessment on the success of their initial lesson. Then it was back out into the community to visit and plan other field trips at area attractions.

Project ARTstART plans to grow in 2012-13

With the tremendous success of Project ARTstART’s inaugural year, the Claremont Museum of Art plans to expand the program to include a second elementary school for the 2012-13 academic year.

The museum is actively pursuing new sources of additional funding with the intention of including all Claremont schools in the future.

Claremont Museum of Art Launches Pledge Drive to Fund Art Education Programs

(February 21, 2011) – As public funding for school art programs shrink, we feel the Claremont Museum of Art can fill an important role in providing art education to Claremont youth through our three education projects: Family Art activities, ArtX student art competition and Project ARTstART.

I am please to announce the CMA Education Program pledge drive and hope that you will join us in supporting these projects. A generous supporter has contributed $10,000 to fund ArtX 2011 and the Spring event is well underway. Members of the board have made significant contributions to start our Education fund and we are in the process of identifying and applying for relevant grants.

Our goal is to collect pledges totaling $120,000, enough to fully fund the first two years of the program.

Please visit our website www.claremont museum.org for further details. If we meet that goal, we will launch ARTstART in the Fall of 2011.

– Sandy Baldonado, CMA Board President

ARTstART Art Appreciation Program

Rich Deeley

Rich Deely

Project ARTstART, directed by Rich Deely, will train high school and college students to provide exhibit-based art lessons for elementary school students. By bringing high-quality, art appreciation classes and activities to the Claremont school system, we hope to inspire, promote under-standing of art and highlight Claremont’s rich artistic history.

We have prepared a detailed 5-year plan and we are ready to launch the pilot program as soon as funding is available.

Claremont Unified School District Assistant Superintendent Bonnie Bell says “We believe this partnership will create meaningful experiences for our students — providing them with an opportunity to learn about what our community has to offer, augment our continuing work in the classroom, and strengthen ties between our district and other institutions.”

Under Project ARTstART, Museum consultants will recruit district high school and college students as teachers and mentors. These ARTstART Teens will be trained as docents to offer multi-visit arts appreciation lessons to elementary students, both in the classroom, and in local museum settings. As part of their training, ARTstART Teens will learn about how to plan presentations that employ Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) and interact with art educators, artists, curators, and students from The Claremont Colleges.

Once prepared for their role, ARTstART Teens will work with educators at Sycamore Elementary School to deliver lessons to students related to art exhibitions at Claremont area museums and galleries. The program will conclude with a hands-on art project inspired by the exhibitions, and shaped by classroom teachers, ARTstART Teens, and the elementary students themselves. The program will eventually serve all elementary students in the district.

An independent museum consultant with over 15 years’ work in the museum field, Rich Deely has worked as an educator in art, history, and science museums in New York, North Carolina, and California. Originally from New York City, Rich has BA degrees in both history and communications from the University of Notre Dame, and a master’s degree in Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education in Manhattan. He has planned and implemented two successful museum-based youth docent programs, one of which won national recognition through the Coming Up Taller Award for Excellence in Youth Programming in 2007.

ArtX Student Art Competition

Lori Evans Lama

Lori Evans Lama

ArtX, directed by Lori Evans Lama, is a reprise of the 2009 juried student art competition and exhibition. It’s open to students in grades 9-12, who live in Claremont and attend public or private school or are home-schooled.

Artwork must address the ArtX theme “What Matters?” and winners will receive cash prizes.

The ArtX website, containing registration information and entry form, will launch on February 21 at www.claremontmuseum.org. Entries will be collected in April. Winners will be announced and exhibited in early May. ArtX is made possible by a generous donation from a CMA member. The Ginger Elliot Gallery exhibition space for ArtX has been generously underwritten by Gould Asset Management LLC of Claremont.

As the director of arts education for the Claremont Museum of Art (2007-2009), Lori Evans Lama created the ArtX project for high school students and the aRtPM graffiti art project for middle school students along with a comprehensive menu of public gallery programs.

Prior to her work with CMA, Lori was a senior programming staff member at PBS and later a vice president/broadcast executive for an international media company. Lori is also an award-winning writer, director and producer.

Family Art Activities

Mary Hughes

Mary Hughes

The Family Art Program, directed by Mary Hughes, presents creative art activities for children at City festivals. Local art educators and volunteers plan, prepare and guide young visitors in hands-on art projects.

It is inspiring to see the hundreds of enthusiastic children filling the seats of the art tables throughout the day.

Look for our booth in April at the Packing House, at the Fourth of July Celebration in Memorial Park, at Village Venture and at the Padua Hills Art Fiesta in November. Mary Hughes has been an active volunteer with the Claremont Museum of Art since its earliest days. She has an MFA in Drawing and Painting from CSU Long Beach and BAs in Art and in Communications. She has taught Studio Art courses, Art Appreciation, and Art History at the College level and at the Junior High level for 13 years.

She has also taught Art Enrichment Classes to all grades at the Elementary level for the past two decades. As an artist who shows both locally and nationally, Mary works with layering on canvas, paper and silk.

ArtX: Student Art Competition and Exhibition

April 24 – May 3, 2009

Best of Show: Nina Liss-Schultz Claremont High School, Grade 12 Gender Blending, 2009 (021-09) Oil paint, charcoal, conté 18.5” x 39.5”

Best of Show:
Nina Liss-Schultz
Claremont High School, Grade 12
Gender Blending, 2009 (021-09)
Oil paint, charcoal, conté
18.5” x 39.5”

ArtX was a juried art competition and exhibition for all high school students, grades 9 – 12, who attend school or live in Claremont, California. Public, private and home‐schooled students were invited. As long as a student lives or attends school in Claremont, and is receiving an education equivalent to the 9th through 12th grade level, he or she were eligible to enter this competition. Cash prizes were awarded. This year’s 7 winning works plus 14 honorable mentions were displayed by the Claremont Museum of Art April 24 – May 3, 2009.

Claremont Museum of Art Opens This Sunday

When: Sunday, April 15
Time: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Details: Free admission, street painting, live music, and family art activities

Chalk it Up!

Chalk it Up! is the Museum’s opening day street painting event. Julie Kirk, a modern day ‘madonnaro’ (professional street painter), will transform the outdoor east plaza of the Packing House into a work of art.

Come prepared to pick up a piece of chalk and unleash your inner artist. Materials will be provided, including shade umbrellas and a wash-up area for chalky hands.

What is madonnaro? In 16th century Italy, itinerant artists began transforming pavement into canvas using chalk. The tradition was revived 400 years later, in 1972, when the Italian village of Grazie di Curtatone hosted the first known international festival of street painting. In Italy, street painters are called ‘madonnari’ after their historical practice of creating chalk paintings of the Madonna.

Over the past 30 years there has been a major revival of this art form. Artists worldwide are appearing on streets throughout Europe and at festivals in the United States. Chalk painting can take many hours –sometimes days – before a masterpiece is born, only to be washed away by a hose or street cleaner, or trampled upon by passing pedestrians. Like a fresh flower, they won’t last forever, but their fleeting nature makes them all the more beautiful.

Family Days at the Museum

The Museum’s opening day kicks off its first Family Days at the Museum, which will take place the third Sunday of every month and also the Sunday of an exhibit opening – in this case, the Museum’s opening! Designed to inspire creativity and allow families to make art together, Family Days at the Museum are free and take place from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

These casual, ‘walk-up and make art’ events feature new activities each month, inspired by upcoming holidays or the Museum’s current exhibits. On April 15, the art will be inspired by the Museum’s inaugural exhibit “A Conversation with Color: Karl Benjamin, Paintings 1053–1995.” This is a great way for families to spend creative time together. We provide the materials and our volunteers will assist in getting you started, but the finished masterpiece is up to you.

DJ Matthew Rubino
Matthew Rubino, resident DJ at The Standard Downtown, will mix ambient sounds, soundscapes, Brazilian dance music, Latin jazz, and other atmospheric and flavorful sounds from noon to 5 p.m.

Exhibits

The Museum’s inaugural exhibit is a retrospective of the work of world-renowned Claremont painter Karl Benjamin. A Conversation with Color: Karl Benjamin, Paintings 1953-1995 (April 15 – June 25) will feature 46 paintings spanning 42 years that trace Benjamin’s career, from his early experiments with cubism to works that represent his role as one of the founders of abstract classicism.

The permanent collection, Building a Legacy: Founding a Museum, Building a Collection, will occupy the smaller of the two museum galleries with works exhibited on a rotating basis. The inaugural showing of the collection (April 15 – June 25) will present work by Jean Ames, Aldo Casanova, Rupert Deese, Phil Dix, Betty Davenport Ford, James Grant, Susan Lautmann Hertel, Norm Hines, James Hueter, William Manker, Harrison McIntosh, Walter Mix, Roland Reiss, Millard Sheets, Albert Stewart, James Strombotne, and Milford Zornes, and other notable local artists.

About the Museum: The Claremont Museum of Art, located inside a renovated citrus packing house, will be a regional museum of international significance, exhibiting art connected to Claremont as well as art from around the world. In addition to a diverse slate of exhibits, the museum features a contemporary museum shop with many recycled and eco chic goods. A comprehensive slate of educational programming and events is offered for all ages. The Claremont Museum of Art is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization.

Inspired by Claremont Museum of Art’s Inaugural Karl Benjamin Exhibit, Claremont Schoolchildren Create Masterpieces of Their Own

Claremont, CA (March 15, 2007)—For visitors coming to the Claremont Museum of Art on its April 15th opening day, the first artwork they see will not be the colorful paintings of world-famous artist Karl Benjamin or the exquisite pieces in the permanent collection, but rather 4 x 4 foot paintings hanging from the rafters in the Packing House corridor. The artists? Twenty-four students – in grades elementary through high school – from the Claremont public schools.

“The Museum is about to open, and our volunteers are already facilitating art workshops for students,” Museum Executive Director William Moreno said. “It illustrates the extraordinary commitment of our volunteers who are donating a significant amount of their personal time to bringing art into the community. The Museum is dedicated to reaching out to the community and involving children and young adults.”

When the Claremont Museum of Art opens, it will be a regional museum of international significance, exhibiting art connected to Claremont as well as art from around the world. Its inaugural exhibit, A Conversation with Color: Karl Benjamin, Paintings 1953-1995, will include 46 paintings spanning 42 years that trace Benjamin’s career, from his early experiments with cubism to works that represent his role as one of the founders of abstract classicism. The museum’s permanent collection, Building a Legacy: Founding a Museum, Building a Collection, will occupy the smaller of the two museum galleries with works exhibited by notable local artists on a rotating basis. In addition to a diverse slate of exhibits, the museum will feature a sizeable gift shop and a comprehensive line-up of educational programming and events.

Volunteer Merrilyn O’Neill, co-chair of the Museum’s education committee, has been heading up the student art project since its inception last November. She started the process by contacting all Claremont Unified School District schools to get staff recommendations about students in grades 6–12 who would both benefit from participating in this project and rise to the artistic challenge. The 24 chosen students include two sixth graders from each of the seven elementary schools, three from the junior high, and seven from the high school.

“At our first meeting at the Alexander Hughes Center, we watched a video interview with Karl Benjamin that shows him at work in his studio and discussing his creative process,” O’Neill said. Afterwards, she and the student artists discussed non-objective art and ‘abstract classicism,’ for which Benjamin is famous. Focusing the student’s attention on a few significant works shown in the video, and on the concept of “taking one’s time” and “being intuitive,” the students were given notebooks and asked to “doodle” designs over the next week until they each had created several that “spoke” to them, she said.

“We met again the following week and laid out all the designs, from which each student chose their favorite,” O’Neill explained. “At that session, they began playing with color. Their work was then photographed.” With the help of her husband and daughter, O’Neill then projected and traced their designs onto prepared 4 x 4 foot Masonite surfaces.

Now in the final phase of the process – studio production – O’Neill and the students have been meeting every Saturday and Sunday since mid-February at Vista del Valle School from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Principal Ley Yeager generously donated the facility for the workshop’s use. Each student is hard at work on his or her own 4 x 4 ft. panel, using acrylics to paint both sides of the piece. Their sessions will complete by April 1. When finished, the artwork will be suspended from the beams of the Packing House promenade to coincide with the Museum’s opening.

O’Neill emphasized that the student works are not copies of Benjamin’s art but rather entirely individual pieces inspired by his creative process. “Students could be observed in lengthy and deep meditation of their canvas before they even wet a brush,” she said. “These artists have found their own voices through their designs, and have mixed their own colors for highly unique palates. They have followed the process by which Karl, a great teacher as well as great artist, goes about creating.”