Art 120 News

  • 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.

  • Award Winning Author Wants to Visit Your School!

    We are thrilled to have award winning children's book author, Cathey Graham Nickell joining us for the Scenic City Art Car Weekend April 28-30. Cathey's book is called, "Arthur Zarr’s Amazing Art Car". The artist who illustrated the book, Bill Megenhardt, will also be in town for art car weekend. Cathey has an amazing presentation where she reads the book and talks about how and why she became a writer. Cathey and Bill have done this presentations for over twenty schools in Texas and the children absolutely love it. Bill closes the presentation with a live illustration where the students call out what they think the image should be and what elements should be included. After the presentation, students come outside to meet an art car artist and see a real art car up close. The school receives the illustration as a special gift.

    We can only extend this opportunity to one school on Friday, April 28th and you can help. Every $5 donation made to Art 120 between now and April 24th will count as a vote toward a school receiving this visit. The school with the most votes by 12:01am on April 25th will receive this wonderful opportunity for their children to enjoy. All proceeds will benefit the ArtCarAVan. Don't wait, click here to vote today!


  • 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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  • Thank You Chattanooga Firefighters

    It has been a very emotional Thanksgiving to say the least. We are so grateful that no one was in the building when the fire broke out. A huge thank you goes out from us at Art 120 to Chattanooga's Firefighters who spent the entire night preventing this blaze from spreading to the other homes and businesses in the area. The creative team at Hippopotamus took this amazing footage of the scene. It really brings home what is important, everything inside was just stuff at the end of the day. Our kids, our volunteers, our staff, our partners, and our donors are what really make Art 120. We could not serve over 3,000 children a year without you. Help us continue by making a donation today.

    Backdraft Chattanooga from Hippopotamus on Vimeo.

  • Apply to be an Art 120 STEM Education Intern through UTC!

    http://www.utc.edu/stem-education/scholarships-opportunities/internships.php

  • ART 120'S FIRST ANNUAL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS MERCADO!

    If you didn't stop by 1511 Williams Street on October 29th for some festival fun, you missed out, my friend! We teamed up with Culture Philanthropy, local artists, musicians, storytellers, craftspeople, makers, and vendors to provide a unique learning experience to support Chattanooga’s Latino and maker community! We also hosted a community altar build, with items like candles, flowers, and figurines decorating it to honor community members' loved ones! Visit our gallery to check it out!

    We are held an Art Exhibition and Supplies Drive for our friends and neighbors, The Howard School! ELLA Chattanooga, Unifi-Ed, the HART Gallery, the Hunter Museum, Red Bank High School's Spanish Club, La Paz, Bess T. Sheperd, California Smothered Burrito, and Ayelet's Mexican Syles also joined us! Artists Jason Doan, Christina Thongnopnua, Hannah Alysse Hahn, Paul McRae, WriteSpeakSee's Tracy Tanner, East Hamilton's Doug Boals, and Cassie Joy Terpening, exhibited and sold their artwork, and if you'd like to view or purchase their work and contact them, click their names to follow a link for their information.

    Visit our Facebook event page and Eventbrite to learn more! Look for Art 120 in Nooga.com's 2016 Halloween Event Guide!

    We wish you all the best and look forward to educating and engaging Chattanooga, together!


  • Python, Ballet, Mozilla, and Pi - Oh My!

    What do you get when you cross the gig with The Chattanooga Ballet, Python, and a Raspberry Pi? A Music Genie, of course! Thanks to support from the Mozilla Gigabit Fund, Art 120 is bringing in Dan Mailman to teach a special summer program where students will each learn how to code a Raspberry Pi to become reactive to motion in a 3D environment. At the end of the course, all twenty Raspberry Pis will work together, creating an environment that will allow dancers from the Chattanooga Ballet to create music, images, and lights as they dance. The class is open on a first come, first served basis. There is a class fee of $100 and students will own their Raspberry Pi upon completion of the class. Scholarships are available to students based on need. 

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    You can also learn as you go by volunteering to assist with the class. This is a perfect opportunity for fellow makers and teachers in the community. Click here to volunteer on our general interest volunteer form!

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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.

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Coming Soon to a School Near You!

Ever see a robot paint? Now you can! Thanks to support from The Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, Art 120 has some exciting new programs coming to schools this fall. Art 120, Red Bank Elementary Librarian, Cristol Kapp and Maker Ed worked together to test a variety of STEM equipment and develop arts-based curriculum to foster learning by utilizing the elementary school students' creative side. In a county where thirty elementary schools do not have an art program, it is necessary to provide curriculum that addresses this need while preparing students for the future. Art 120's mission is to use art as a catalyst to, "Engage, Teach and Inspire". 

At the conclusion of our project with  The Communnity Foundation, we served 685 students, trained 11 teachers to use this curriculum and introduced these educational tools through hands-on learning to 250 Hamilton County teachers at the HCDE Engage event 

As part of this program, our curriculum will be made available to ALL Hamilton County teachers on this website, beginning August 6th. We will also include the cost of materials and our experiences from the equipment we tested to help schools make smart choices about the STEM materials they choose to purchase for their schools.

If your school does not have a makerspace, Art 120 can bring these programs into your school. Art 120's SMAC truck (STEAM Mobile Art Car), has programs on board that allow students to: draw electrical art that blinks, create clay creatures that light up, build twelve foot tall structures, and teach robots to paint. Cost varies depending on the activity and are scalable to meet your schools' needs. To learn more, contact Kate Warren directly at katewarren@art120.org