From the moment I held that box of colors in my hand, I knew that this was my life.” Henri Matisse
My name is Catherine Ingram and I am the very fortunate art teacher at Prairie Trace Elementary. I say fortunate because I am blessed with my dream job: teaching art at a wonderful school with wonderful staff, parents, and students.
Our exhibit at the World’s Smallest Children’s Art Gallery is called “Living Colors”.The name was inspired by a quote by the famous Expressionist artist Edvard Munch: “Colors live a remarkable life of their own after they have been applied to the canvas.”
I felt this quote really captured what I see in the artwork that my students produce. Their artwork seems to come alive and reach a new level of excitement once they begin drawing on the page. They surprise me every day with their talent and creativity. This is the best thing I could hope for. I think the biggest benefit to being an artist is the ability to explore.
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I love teaching my students new media, new techniques, and new ways to create, because then they can explore and that’s where the magic happens. That’s when the artwork comes alive.
This exhibit includes work from Kindergarten through 5th grade. We used a variety of media including oil pastels, tempera paint, markers, crayons, tissue paper, yarn, fabric, and colored pencils. There is an abundance of color and I am extremely proud of all my PTE Hawk Artists. (You can follow the students at @PTEArtRoom on Twitter.)
You can see all the photos of this month’s show at the Carmel Art’s Council Flickr account. Here is a brief overview of what inspired some of the student’s work:
Each month, the World’s Smallest Children’s Art Gallery displays work produced by local Carmel students.
November’s show, “Under the Big Top with Circus Art,” was created by Rachelle Rodriguez and the students at Carmel Elementary. We’ve asked Rachelle to to tell us a bit about the show, and describe how her students worked to create this amazing showcase.
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Hi, my name is Rachelle Rodriguez. I love kids and I love art so I love being the art teacher at the best school in town, Carmel Elementary.
Our exhibit at the World’s Smallest Children’s Art Gallery is a composite of kindergarten through fifth grade artwork. Our theme this year is “Under the Big Top with Circus Art.”
The Lucas Estates Sports Pavilion before the start of the Carmel Arts Council 20th anniversary gala
The Carmel Arts Council celebrated its 20th anniversary working in the local community with its “One Enchanted Evening” gala. More than 180 people gathered at the prestigious Lucas Estate Sports Pavilion in Carmel, Ind, on Saturday, November 2, 2013.
The evening started with passed appetizers and special Fuzzy Vodka cocktails. Chef Anthony Puma, a world famous chef, served guests a delicious filet and salmon dinner together with assorted specialty desserts.
During the evening a silent auction proved very successful along with a Raise the Paddle fundraiser for the Carmel Arts Council’s Young Performer Showcase Senior Scholarship Division.
Thousands of dollars were raised that will go toward qualified graduating seniors who want to continue their talents in the arts. Scholarships will be given to seniors in the following categories: Literary Arts, Visual Arts, Performing Arts and Piano/Instrumental Arts.
After dinner guests enjoyed dancing to the sounds of Henle and the Loops, a group of lawyers, dentists and doctors who are so talented they might want to reconsider their day jobs.
You can see the complete gallery of photographs at the Carmel Arts Council’s Flickr site.
The Carmel Arts Council sincerely appreciates its Gold and Silver Sponsors for the evening:
In 2014, the Carmel Arts Council will publish the Children’s Art Gallery Cookbook, which will consist of recipes created by you and your children.
To contribute to our program, download CAC Children’s Gallery Cookbook Recipe Application and send us your tasty treats, or you can fill out this Cookbook Recipe Form online.
A scene from one of the most recent CAC fundraisers: The SoHo Street Fair.