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    Art 120 Students Celebrate Blues Legend Bessie Smith!

    TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT Y'ALL! The Awards Ceremony starts at 5:30pm on April 25, 2017!

    Participating students (and their families) of the Hamilton County Department of EducationBessie Smith Cultural Center art contest can attend a special reception and awards ceremony at The Bessie! Make sure you check out all of the amazing student art! We have to give a shout out to our partnered students and teachers at The Howard School Of Academics Technology and Red Bank Elementary who placed in their category! One of them won first place and the other won second place so congratulations on your creativity and awesome educators! The Howard School's Visual Arts instructor is Sherry Heinz. Red Bank Elementary Librarian, Cristol Kapp, is working with Art 120 Education Coordinator, Hannah Hahn on various STE(A)M-based curriculum development and implementation.

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    Art Cars are Coming! April 28th-30th

    While a fire may slow us down, it will not keep us from bringing art to the schools who need it most. Hold onto your hat, Art 120's 2017 Scenic City Art Car Weekend is April 28-30th, complete with a children's mini art car parade. 

    Help us make this extra special for the students of Hamilton County and Chattanooga by sponsoring a child for as little as $5. Click here and make a difference today!

    Art Car Weekend Public Schedule 

    Art Car Breakfast and Art-Car-A-Van to schools (Fri, Apr. 28, starting 7:30am, The Camp House)

    Art Car Tailgate Party and Art Show and STE(A)M Educators Workshop (Saturday, Apr. 29, 9am-5pm at the Tennessee Aquarium Park)

    Illuminated Art Cruise to The Pool (Saturday, Apr. 29, 8pm-10pm at East Lake Park)

    Potluck Breakfast and morning sendoff (Sunday, Apr. 30, 10am-noon at the Montague Sculpture Fields

    "Arthur Zarr's Amazing Art Car" Book-signing at Hamilton Place Barnes & Noble (Sunday, Apr. 30, 2-4pm)

    STEM Jubilee at TN Riverpark (Sunday, Apr. 30, noon-4pm)

  • Art 120 Seeking SPONSORS for Paid STEP-UP Internships for Students!

    Public Education Foundation's STEP-UP Program is providing local Hamilton County students with an opportunity to work with the Art 120 team as PAID interns for the Summer of 2017!

    STUDENTS: A personal essay describing the applicant's reason for applying and eligibility, a professional looking photograph of the applicant, and time to complete the application online in one sitting will be necessary in a successful application submission. Students must have their application submitted BEFORE 5:00pm on February 21, 2017.

    SPONSORS: Email edu@art120.org for details on the application or sponsorship process. We look forward to working with you! This is the Sponsorship Information Letter: Art120STEPUPStudentSupportLetter.pdf

    Summer 2017 Job Descriptions (positions available if Art 120 *Sponsored/Invested In)

    • Project Manager: The intern’s duties will include volunteer recruitment and management, task timeline and delegation, and collecting, analyzing, and presenting program data outcomes.
    • Networking and Marketing Manager: The intern will determine organizational partnerships that will benefit the programs and Art 120’s opportunities. They will inform social media marketing and newsletter outline that will help appeal to donors, volunteers, and community members.
    • Curriculum Consultant: The intern will help the Art 120 team with teaching, improving, and tracking summer curriculum, as well as developing Fall 2017 programs based on their research.
    • Artisan Assistant: The intern will perform tasks applicable to the artistic workshops that will be taking place in the Summer of 2017, from assisting professional artisans in creating and maintaining artwork, to facilitating maker education and professional development workshops.
    • STE(A)M Education Assistant: The intern will perform tasks that will result in their understanding of basic computer science principles and Raspberry Python coding language, as well as a role in the research and development of STE(A)M-based learning program initiatives.

    *Internship Duration: May 25 to August 5, 2017*

    Art120STEPUPStudentSupportLetter.pdf

    Art120STEPUPStudentJobDescriptions.pdf

    STEPUPbrochure.pdf

    STEPUPTimeline.pdf

    STEPUPInternship.pdf

  • CALL TO ARTISTS: Art for Children's Gallery!

    CALL TO ARTISTS: Art 120 is partnering with the Bethlehem Community Center, and local artist Christina Thongnopnua, to bring an ALL NEW traveling art exhibition for children to Chattanooga, TN! Painted Story Children's Gallery will be a unique experience for the community, and for local artists that want to create art for children, and be a featured artist in the Gallery for a year-long cycle. The deadline for the submission of the artist application, Art120PaintedStoryArtistApplication.pdf, is March 20th, 2017 by midnight. We launch in June! CallToArtists_PaintedStoryChildrensGallery.pdf

    We look forward to working with you, Chattanooga, on bringing a truly child-centric program to you! Email edu@art120.org or paintedstoryart@gmail.com if you're interested in applying or hosting the exhibition! We are on the lookout for month-long hosts for this great gallery!

    Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! Their website is coming soon!

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    This Friday at the Well on Southside!

    Art 120 will kickoff spring with a groovy get-together, The March Hare Disco Dance Party, on March 10th, co-hosted at The Well (1800 Rossville Avenue)! Doors open at 6:30pm and Chattanooga's hottest DJ, MillionDollaMan, Keenan Daniels will be spinning disks for dancers of all ages until 10:30pm. There will also be a MadHatter tea bar provided by Positifftea, and the Dress-A-Tron 200, courtesy of DeShel Hambrick at 4Ever Young. You may even get a glimpse of the Red Queen before the evening is out. Click here to buy your tickets today!

    Let us know you're coming and share our Facebook event and Evensi event with your friends! 

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  • MLK Day of Service - Chattanooga, TN (1.16.17)

    We had amazing MLK Day of Service volunteers help the Art 120 team recover and clean items from the 2016 Thanksgiving Day Fire that sadly destroyed our Southside facilities. With support from our community, we're re-building! 

    For now, we have several temporary homes, one of which is at our partner's property, The Howard School, who has given us office space in an extra gym. A week before the MLK Day of Service, Art 120 and volunteers helped a local, Deshel Hambrick, and owner of 4Ever Young, move out of a space she used to manage and sell her clothing and toy inventory, into a new space off-site. Volunteers from P52, Covenant College's Launch Program, Unum, and even the Mayor's office, came out to support us and our fight to continue to provide arts education and STE(A)M opportunities to Chattanooga!


  • Painting With A Twist's #PaintingWithAPurpose Fundraiser for Art 120 on January 14, 2017!

    With YOUR help we raised $500+ at this event! These participants painted away the afternoon with generous and sparkling smiles!

    Our friends at Painting With A Twist (PWAT) graciously offered to host a #PaintingWithAPurpose class benefiting our programs, after our Education Coordinator, Hannah Hahn, who also works at Painting With A Twist (PWAT) part time, told them about the fire that destroyed Art 120's facilities on Thanksgiving Day, 2016. On January 14th, the 3 hour class featured the painting pictured here, with a wintery twist on Vincent Van Gogh's famous style. So "Gogh" to their PWAT studio with a friend or your family and have a great time tapping into your creative side!

    We also have some gift certificates valued at $35.00, and if you want extra art to hang in your home, and you can choose from paintings donated by PWAT's owners! You can email edu@art120.org if you are interested in a gift certificate purchase or a particular piece of PWAT artwork benefiting Art 120 (the paintings' images can be found here). THANK YOU to Painting With A Twist - Chattanooga, TN

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  • Normal Park Gets The Art Bike Bug!

    We were so happy to help Emily Simpson, the Art Teacher from Normal Part Magnet School, work on her Hubble Space Telescope Art Bike project together with her students! We cannot wait to work on even more projects with Emily and her amazing students! We had a great opportunity to ask Emily a few questions about her process.

    1. What inspired you to make an Art Bike with your class?
    While I think it is important for my students to learn about the classics, I also think it is imperative for them to learn about contemporary artists and art practices. On top of that, I try to give my students opportunities to be involved in the art community whether it be in Chattanooga or somewhere further away as well as opportunities to work together as a team. Building an art bike would give them the chance to learn about a contemporary art practice, the chance to be involved in the flourishing local arts scene, and a peek into the realm of collaboration.

    2. What is the theme of your Art Bike, how did it come to fruition, and how did you work the creation of an Art Bike into your curriculum?
    At Normal Park Museum Magnet, a lot of what our students do in their related arts classrooms is directly tied to what they're learning in their classrooms. This gives them multiple opportunities to explore as well as solidify their learning and understand it in a new and/or deeper way. With that being said, in the art room, the students create based on the visual arts curriculum as well as their classroom curriculum. Our projects come to fruition through many collaborative opportunities that we have with the grade level teams. Through much research and collaboration, we decided to tie in parts of their science curriculum. At the time they were covering inventions in space, weather, magnets, force and motion, and sound. Hence our choice of space, weather, and sound as our themes.

    3. How have the kids responded to creating an art bike?
    My 3rd grade students were so intrigued by the idea. Kate came to talk to our students about art bikes and there were so many "ooo's" and "ahh's" when they were shown videos of the bikes being ridden. I can't tell you how many times I heard,"Woah, Ms. Simpson! How did they do that?!" It really peaked their interest. They were EXTREMELY curious and wondered how we were going to make our bike and when. They immediately had so many ideas. As they were working, the students responded very well to the sculptural processes. Some of them had never used a hammer or needle nose pliers before, but met the challenge head-on and succeeded!

    4. What has the process of creating your Art Bike been like?
    As teachers, we try to plan as much as humanly possible to insure the success of our students and our success in the classroom. I try to think about each project from a lot of different angles. Where will the students hit a "bump in the road"? What parts will be challenging? What material will be best suited for that process? The list could go on and on. I like to have a plan that is bullet proof. Well, in the art room things can sometimes shift trajectory at a moment's notice. This definitely happened with the art bike. Not only did the students experience more trial and error, but I experienced that as well which was a little uncomfortable for me. I like to have a plan. But, that's one of the perks of art education - learning how to fail and learning how to problem solve immediately following. It was a real treat to come alongside the students and problem solve together.

    The bike as a whole is being made to look like the Hubble Telescope. This decision came directly from some preliminary brainstorming and sketching sessions with my 3rd Grade Advanced Art students. If you have ever seen pictures of the Hubble telescope, there is a smooth section and a section with dimples in it. Some of the 3rd grade students hammered a large portion of a roll of aluminum flashing to add the same sort of texture seen on the outer layer of the telescope. Another class listened to a sound recording of a thunder clap and drew a visual representation of the sound in the form of a sound wave. The next day, another class came in and bent wire in the shape of the sound waves drawn by the previous class. There were also days when our main focus was solely cutting aluminum cans into 3 separate pieces in order for other classes to use them for mini satellites that would stick out from the art bike. One of the last things the students did was to spray paint the bike to look like outer space - specifically to represent one of the most well known composite pictures ever taken by the Hubble Telescope. Once the students created all of the "bits and pieces", it was then my turn to assemble, which means more problem solving, measuring, problem solving again, cutting and welding, which I love. I couldn't have done it without the help and expertise of the Art 120 crew. The bike is now in process of being assembled so that it can be ridden in the 2016 Art Car Parade!

    5. What has been the best part of creating an Art Bike?
    Pinpointing one favorite part is a real challenge. One of my most favorite moments, though, was seeing a student that isn't always so jazzed up about being in the art room stepping up and being a leader for the whole classroom. He ended up being one of the main problem solvers on how we would cut apart the aluminum cans and put them together to create the mini satellites. I loved seeing him so passionate about creating and teaching his classmates.

  • Pop Hop Artist Showcase: Catherine Stetson

    Next up on our Pop Hop Artist Showcase is the illustrious Catherine Stetson!

    Boy Decending-Assending a Staircase by Catherine Stetson
    Boy Decending-Assending a Staircase by Catherine Stetson

    Here's more about Catherine in her own words:

     

    Growing up I did not think I could be an artist. I didn't draw very well. I blame my inability to see three-dimensionally. It wasn't until I discovered photography my senior year of college that I realized that I am an artist. Until then, I was a victim of the popular misconception that artists had to draw what they saw. Once I had my epiphany, the entire world of art changed for me. Later as an educator, I made it my mission to show my students that making art was so much more than drawing. I wanted them to feel the freedom to express and envision new things that creativity gave me.

     


    1. How did you start creating art?
    When I was young I didn't know I was making art, but looking back I know that is what I was doing. I made my own paper dolls and spend hours "coloring." I also created this funny character that was a cowboy made from a heart. I put him everywhere. I even made greeting cards with him on it. Later, when I got my first camera as a teenager, most of my photos were optical illusions. I would make my friends stand in the foreground with their arm out like they were holding a tray of food. I would send another person down the street to make it look like they were a little person standing on a hand. I loved playing with space!

    I Concur by Catherine Stetson
    I Concur by Catherine Stetson

    2. Who is your favorite artist and why?
    My first favorite artist was Vincent Van Gogh. His use of color, texture and expression showed me that there was a whole lot more than meets the eye. My favorite photographer is Minor White. His black and white images are the essence of formal photography. They appear clean and simple, but are truly adventurous and full of content.

    3. Do you have any interesting or funny stories you'd like to share?
    I got my first camera (Kodak Instamatic) when I was 14 years old. My father, who early in his career was once a male model, gave me instructions that every photo I take should have a person in it. You may notice quite quickly, people are rarely the subject of my photos. Sorry Dad!

    4. What is your favorite tool you use to create your art?
    I am a photographer, so using a camera is my main tool, however I must say that time and space are my favorite tools. I am compelled to capture that delicate relationship they, along with light, make in my photography.

    Man Ray Was Here by Catherine Stetson
    Man Ray Was Here by Catherine Stetson

    5. What inspires you?

    I am inspired by creativity, especially when someone thinks out of the box. I am thrilled when I see something clever and a bit risky. I think about how Van Gogh, Man Ray and Duchamp must have been perceived as crazy! Their journeys are inspirational to me.


    Thanks so much Catherine! And if you're as gobsmacked as we are with her work, come get one for yourself Tomorrow, Sept. 12 at the Southside Maker Arts Center!

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    Pop Hop Artist Showcase: Hannah Hahn

    Next up on our Pop Hop Artist Showcase is the vibrant artist Hannah Hahn!

    Made In America by Hannah Hhn
    Made in America by Hannah Hahn

    Here's some more about Hannah in her own words:

    My name is Hannah Hahn, and I’m a student almost finished with an art education and history degree over at UTC, with a passion for paint and what it can do. I come from a family of engineers, and I sense my methodical and conceptual thinking has had to become different from what I grew up being taught.
    To an extent, I was allowed expression. This is especially so being in a city like I am in now. Chattanooga has been a place of growth for me, and I hope my art can show that somehow. I have merged and thrown away old and new thoughts as they come and go, displacing myself with every step I take and every piece of art I make, to a new place of self-recognition. In other words, I evolve constantly and optimistically, so does my work.
    I hope that it can bring joy to people that they did not previously have.


    1. How did you start creating art?
    I started creating art when I was a child, but started delving into the fine arts when I hit my teen years. I’ve always been lucky enough to be able to have lessons from various instructors almost every summer and in school until I came to college, when the real work began.

    2. Who is your favorite artist and why?

    This may seem strange because of our name similarities, but my favorite artist is Hannah Höch, a German Dadaist. She is one of the originators of photomontage and collage, as well as retaining the active reputation of placing female artists in the professional exhibition rink. She was not shy in pushing political pieces and ideas that people didn’t necessarily share in everyday conversation. Her agenda was to penetrate the political realm through art and an inspiration initiative, which I think she achieved.

    Lupi by Hannah Hhn
    Lupi by Hannah Hahn

    3. Do you have any interesting or funny stories you'd like to share?
    I would say that something kind of funny is that I cried when I saw Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling in person for the first time. I didn’t bawl or anything but a few tears were shed. Oh, and his David sculpture. I would say that’s relevant because as an artist, I know I can appreciate art, but if as an artist, I could evoke emotions like that in someone else, I would consider that a job well done.

    4. What is your favorite tool you use to create your art?
    My hands. I don’t mean that to sound cheeky but to me the feeling of the paint on my skin and having the stuff under my fingernails is exciting. I’m not just talking about finger painting but mixed media manipulation. If I can manipulate the media into what I want with my hands instead of just a brush or palette knife, there is nothing better. There is something truly organically beautiful about making art with your body and extremities versus through extra tools, despite the beauty that comes from both, apart or together.

    5. What inspires you?

    I am inspired by people and their actions, as well as my own, whether those actions be in the past, present, or future. I like to think about human nature, both the evils and good that resides within us, and how to make art that would appeal to our best parts. I don’t mean that my art has to be effervescently happy or bright, but that it invokes some thought in the viewer about their role in society, whatever that may be, and how to better it.


    Thanks so much Hannah! Come get one of her vivid and colorful works for yourself on September 12th at Art 120's Southside Maker Arts Space