NOW HIRING

The City of Rochester’s Department of Recreation is seeking qualified applicants for the 2019 season of Roc Paint Division!  Do you know youth artists between the ages of 16-19 that love to draw, sketch or paint? If so, encourage them to apply to the 2019 Roc Paint Division crew. See below for program details and requirements.

All Roc Paint Division application materials and artist portfolios are due by Friday, November 9, 2018. Application materials can be submitted via email to Sara.Scott@cityofrochester.gov) or dropped off at 400 Dewey Avenue.

Please share the attached flier with qualified youth at your R-Centers or within the community. Also, feel free to contact me with any questions.

Roc Paint Division Seeking Applicants

Job Description:

  • Work approximately 10 hours/week (2-3 days after school) from January through mid-May.
  • Collaborate with local artists to learn how to conceptualize, design, and paint murals.
  • Work with a team to create murals to beautify City R-Centers.
  • Explore the City through field trips to public art installations and cultural institutions

 

To qualify, you must: 

  • Be between the ages of 16 and 19
  • Possess a passion for creating visual art
  • Live in the City of Rochester
  • Be currently enrolled in high school
  • Possess and check regularly a valid phone number and email address
  • Submit a completed application and portfolio by Friday 11/02. Applications MUST include:
  • A cover letter expressing your interest in the position
  • A copy of your current report card
  • A Letter of Recommendation from a teacher or mentor
  • A portfolio of your work – including at least three pieces of work that demonstrate your artistic talents and abilities.

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Final Wall Photos.

The moment you’ve all been waiting for: the recap of the finished murals produced by our team in 2018.

Edgerton R-Center, led by Program Lead Artists Justin & Brittany. edgerton1print-1

Edgerton R-Center, led by youth artists Lily, Franceska, and Mackenzie. edgerton1print-2

Gantt R-Center, led by guest artist Range. ganttfinal-1

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Carter Street R-Center, led by guest artist Vince Ballentine. hi-res_rocpaint-47Carter Street R-Center, led by guest artist Vince Ballentine. hi-res_rocpaint-48

Carter Street R-Center, led by guest artist Vince Ballentine. hi-res_rocpaint-51

Adams Street R-Center, led by youth artist Lily. hi-res_rocpaint-70

Adams Street R-Center, led by guest artist Aubrey Roemer. hi-res_rocpaint-71

Adams Street R-Center, led by guest artist Aubrey Roemer. hi-res_rocpaint-72

Our closing show.

We couldn’t be more proud of our team as Season Three of Roc Paint Division came to a close. We were thrilled to have such a fantastic turnout come to support them at this season’s closing show at Makers Gallery, which highlighted all of the panels produced by the group as well as each individual piece- one of which sold as soon as the show opened to the public!  Check out the recap below. closingshow-170closingshow-171closingshow-172closingshow-173closingshow-174closingshow-176closingshow-177closingshow-178closingshow-179closingshow-180closingshow-181closingshow-182closingshow-183closingshow-184closingshow-185

Gantt R-Center w/ Range

Last week our group completed our fourth and final on-site mural this year and set a new record for ourselves in the process- in just two workdays,  the team completely transformed the game room at the Gantt R-Center!

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For our final mural we had the wonderful opportunity to be led by literal local legend Range. Range, along with graffiti crew FUA,  has been painting in the neighborhood for years, and was a familar and welcome face to just about everyone at the Gantt Center. It was the perfect artist-location pairing, and our youth artists were excited to try out working in his signature “b-boy” style a drastic departure and welcome change from the styles they’ve focused on for much of the season. And it was even a learning opportunity for Range, seasoned spray paint master- his first large scale mural using brush paint rather than cans!

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In keeping with tradition, this mural included an art activity for the youngsters at the center. Our team painstakingly drew and cut out dozens of sneakers, baseball caps, and spray cans for the kids to paint and color- they now hang alongside the newly colorful walls.

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Read on for a recap of the week by several of our talented team members.

 

What did you think of working in Range’s process and style for this mural? How did it compare, for you, with the other guest artists and styles that we have worked in?
Lily:  I really liked Range and his style, and it was nice to work with him on our last mural. His process was also very straight forward because of his cartoon style, which made things easier and more simplified compared to our previous murals. I did felt included in the process when coming up with the sketch because of Range asking us questions and wanting our feedback or ideas. We came up with a lot of ideas as a team and we were able to agree with what we want to put in the mural.

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Nzinga:  Range is a very creative and inspirational artist. I felt very included in the process of coming up with the sketch. He shared his ideas and took ours into consideration. We all bounced off of each other’s suggestions and Range wrote everything down. He has an insight into this vision of a very beautiful and fun mural. Working in Range’s style was very different from what I am used to. The cartoonish style of painting was very interesting to undergo. There was little to no blending that was needed for the piece.

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No: Range’s process of style was unique because he’s bringing old style of arts into modern day. And it’s pretty nice to bring this kind of style to today world into a Rec center where most kids haven’t really see it before. while sketching my own piece i had thought of drawing hats and big stereo which [are also elements] in Range’s final piece.

What do you think or hope  the kids at Gantt will think of these murals and why?

No: I really hope the kids would like to appreciate old b-boy style art in the Rec center where you won’t really see pretty often. what most kids learn in there art class really nothing to do with this style so seeing this would give me inspiration to make something like it or better.

Nzinga: I hope that the children at the Gantt Center will like the uniqueness of these murals because it highlights aspects black urban life that they can relate to whether it is basketball or the golden hoop earrings.

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What was your favorite part of working at Gantt? / did you have a favorite memory?

No: My favorite part of working at Gantt is that we were able to finish the mural just in two days which was super amazing and it was a record too.

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Lily: Oh man. Something that I can never forget is when the people at Gantt gave us a LOT of food during our break. I remember Justin coming in with some leftover pizza and after eating that, more food kept on being offered to us like soda, chips and even ice cream?!?! I can still remember how I felt which was just a mixture of confusion, amusement and appreciation haha. Besides the food, I liked the atmosphere at Gantt because it was slightly nostalgic. It was the same place where we had our interview for RocPaint 🙂 I also remembered that the room across from us had a karaoke? party? It was nice to hear them sing because we didn’t have any music playing so it was very quiet.

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If we could do ONE more group mural this year, what would you wish for it to include?

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Nzinga: If we could do one more group mural this year, I would wish for it to include different languages, specifically Spanish and Arabic. These are two languages that I hear the most often in the City of Rochester. It shows how much diversity of language and culture is here, not just English.

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Lily: Honestly, I don’t mind or care what kind of mural it would be, it can be any kind of mural. I wish we could spend more time in the program ;(

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Onsite mural #3: the Edgerton R-Center

Spring break week was no break for our seasoned team of artists, who spent it cranking out on-site mural #3 of the season at the Edgerton R-Center. Now that we are in year three of Roc Paint Division, it’s getting harder to find an R-Center in Rochester that we haven’t covered yet. Until last week, Edgerton was an exception, but with its own special backstory: Edgerton does feature a large mural in the hallway, painted by Sarah Rutherford- accomplished local artist and the original founder of Roc Paint Division. That mural played a pivotal role in laying the groundwork for our program back in late 2015. It was exciting for our team of artists to make their mark alongside Sarah’s!

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For this mural, we broke this year’s tradition of welcoming a guest artist from New York City- and in fact, this time around our roster did not include a guest lead artist at all, but instead featured the leadership of our fabulous program lead staff, Justin and Brittany.  Our youth artists have loved learning from and working with them back at our home base, and it was a nice change to get to follow their lead on a larger scale. Additionally, three of our youth artists collaborated on the design and execution of the second mural at Edgerton, in the hallway. We are so proud of Fran, Lily, and Mckenzie for their coordinated efforts, teamwork, and leadership!

And with our media coordinator, Lisa, on vacation, documentation of the week’s endeavors fell completely to our youth artists who (no surprise here) stepped  right up to the challenge. Special thanks to Narionna for coordinating the photo-taking as well as the children’s art activities at Edgerton- and painting, too!  Our multitalented team members continue to blow us away!

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Read on for our artists’ reflections on the week!

How was it different to work under the leadership of Justin, Brittany, and your peers rather than a guest artist?

Alex:  I think the difference in having worked under the leadership of Justin and Brittany this time around was the trust and being less under pressure, because when a guest artist is present, the pressure increases as a result of fear of missing details or not finishing something on time.

Lily: I felt very relaxed and comfortable because I was working with people I already knew. I was also very excited because we finally worked with our bosses (because they’re really cool artists 😀 )

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Nzinga:  It felt like we were working on a wall that was 100% ours, in terms of the style and design of the mural. 

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McKenzie: For this location I did not work under the leadership of Justin and Brittany; Lilly, Francheska, and I created the second mural together. Working with them was really fun and we were able to bounce our ideas off of each other and create something that I think turned out really well. It was fun to be able to make our own decisions and decide what went where and the color pallet and delegate ourselves who we thought would be the best for the different elements of the mural.

What was the vibe of painting at Edgerton like?  Did you feel like you moved through it faster now that it was the third one you guys have done on-site?   

Nzinga: The Edgerton mural was finished so quickly for me. I was not there on the first day that the team started working, so I only had two days to complete the portrait. It did not feel like we were working for five hours; the time really flew by. Every mural we do it seems as though we get so used to working together, that every other mural after that gets done faster.

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Lily: The space felt very big so it felt like there was more freedom to roam around and felt less restricted. The vibe was uplifting no matter what or how I felt.

Alex:  The atmosphere in Edgerton was nice and the work pace was fast, I mean we finished the murals quickly and we could have finished them in less than 3 days.  Since it was the 3rd mural we’ve done, and we worked more calmly taking our time and enjoying it.edgerton-19

McKenzie: The pace this time was really interesting. The first two days blew by like they were nothing but the third day seemed to take forever. We had done most of the  major work that needed to be done on the murals in the first two days, so the last day was doing whatever else we needed to finish and clean up any areas we thought needed it, which is why it felt like it took so much longer.

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What was your role in the process of brainstorming/ coming up with the design for these murals? How do you feel the final murals compared with the initial planning stages?

Nzinga: I was in charge of the portrait of the mural. The final mural compared to the initial planning stages is always interesting in terms of editing ideas for the sketch. We knew we wanted to incorporate an animal into the sketch with a child, however, I was against having the animal on top of the child’s head; as we already painted on to other panels. I suggested to have it on the side of the person, as a companion, rather than a  “hat”. The mural was better than I thought it was going to be, even though I have high expectations for our team already. 🙂

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No: I personally didn’t like my own sketch but it was interesting to put my thoughts onto a paper and see it for real. I really like how things [progressed from] the first stage to the finished mural, it looks amazing to me.

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Lily: Fran, Mckenzie and I designed and worked on our mural all together. I made the sketch for our reference and Fran colored it. Mckenzie was able to help us brainstorm some ideas, such as having kite in the background. I feel like the colors that we chose were planned well although I was slightly skeptical and was worried that the colors wouldn’t look good. The overall trying to see the sketch turn into a mural was hard to see as well because of the huge differences of style that we were painting in. But seeing the final results of the mural made me reassured that we did a good job 🙂

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McKenzie: The process of coming up with the mural was really fun because we all had different ideas of what to do and we were able to incorporate many of them in a way which created a really interesting mural. The final mural is not quite what I imagined it being, but is very close. We made some changes while painting it that led to the outcome being slightly different then the original plan, but I believe that they turned out well.

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How do you feel you’ve progressed as an artist from the first on-site mural, at Carter, to this one?

Nzinga: As as artist, I feel that I have moved from different styles from our guest artists, and then given the opportunity to lead a portrait at this one. I was able to be put in unfamiliar methods of painting, and got the chance to work on my strengths in between with my personal piece. This helped me practice for the portrait at Edgerton.

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Lily:  I definitely gained more experience/knowledge on murals and how to paint at a larger scale. As well with working with paint a lot more frequently than I would have on my own time. There were many techniques that I also learned while painting. Time management was another thing I learned as well.

McKenzie: I feel like I have been able to progress simply in how comfortable I have become while painting. When we first started I had barely touched a paint brush, so I was very nervous and stiff. Over time I have been able to become far more comfortable and gain some confidence when it comes to painting.

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No: I feel like i’m still progressing as we keep working on murals and sketches, but i feel much better from the first mural to the one at Edgerton.

Alex: I think that my progress from the beginning until now has been good because before I started in the program I only drew in pencil and it was a great advance from the pencil to the brushes, etc and to work with paint. And I’m getting used to working with colors.

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Did you have a favorite part of painting at Edgerton? Was there a part that was challenging?

Nzinga: My favorite, and most challenging, part was actually working on the portrait. Portraits are always difficult for me in the beginning stages of painting when trying to “map  out” the colors of the face. However once I got past that, I was able to get into my comfort zone, blending the skin tone.

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No:  my favorite part of the painting was the birds on the wall and the stencil birds that was spray painted. it look so much better on the wall rather than on the paper.

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Lily: There were many things that I liked that happened in Edgerton. Being able to come into work during the Spring Break made me happy overall because I wouldn’t have to isolate myself at home and do nothing; I was able to hang out with the Roc Paint crew and my friends 🙂 I remember on the third day where we were able to hear the step team upstairs above us practice while painting. Even though they were practicing, they were very synced up which I was really impressed with.

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McKenzie: A challenge that was more personal was that I was stressing a bit because I was worried that we weren’t able to finish it to the point where we were satisfied. Although I wasn’t too stressed because getting feedback from the community and hearing them saying that they really loved it made me reassured and happy.

Alex:  my favorite part was to have sprayed on the Roc Paint Division logo since I’ve never worked with spray paint in a design.

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As is customary during our on-site projects, the kids at Edgerton had the opportunity to participate as well: in sort of a throwback to our children’s project last year at the Ryan Center, the little ones, led by Nari,  painted their own birds that will fly alongside our murals.

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Painting at Adams Street, Part 2

While part of our group worked with guest artist Aubrey Roemer to turn the hallway of Adams Street R-Center into a magical jungle a few weeks ago, several of our team members had a completely different experience just one room over. Adams Street also featured the very first completely youth-led mural project in Roc Paint Division history. In the activity room,  Lily led two of her fellow youth artists in bringing a combination of sketches from her own sketchbook to life on the wall. We are so proud of not only the fantastic results, but also of the leadership and teamwork these ladies demonstrated along the way. Read on for their account of the process.

First, Fran and Mei weigh on the experience of painting under Lily’s leadership.

How did it feel to work on a project led by one of your teammates?

Mei: I really enjoyed being led by a peer. It was different because not only did Lily guide  and help us, we all helped each other. At Roc Paint we already help each other out a lot and give each other tips, but doing that on a mural led by our peer was interesting in a good way. I also really thought it was cool that no supervisors really overlooked the mural; it was all Lily. I like this because often adults will underestimate younger people. Lily showed that we as young people can take initiative well and lead an entire project from start to finish.

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Fran: I have art class with Lily and I have seen how she works, so I was confident that she would lead Mei and I in the right direction. She was very patient when I asked questions and kept us on track when we were giggling too much. I felt a little pressured because we were in a small isolated group where we had to do everything, but that pressure made me work harder. I am proud of us for bringing the sketch to life.

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What do you think the story in the mural tells?

Fran: A small child and their animal friend go to a special pond that shows them their future selves. I didn’t read too much into the story behind the mural, I took the idea at face value. I like to think that these two characters have been traveling to find this pond to discover their destiny. I hope that their reflections in the pond gave then the answers they were searching for.

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Mei:  I really love Lily’s style. The color scheme that Lily chose was very calming. I remember her talking about how the mural is in summertime. There are fireflies and the sun is setting. I hope that the kids at the R Center can go to this mural to be calmed. There are many beautiful parts that make it up.

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What did you like about working on this mural? What was challenging about it?

Mei: My main roles in this mural involved the sky, the trees, and the stones. It’s funny because I usually dislike painting background landscape type pieces. I prefer portraits as do many roc painters. But it was nice to have my focus be on something that’s more towards the background. I think that the parts I worked on turned out fairly nice. From this, I definitely want to start focusing more on backgrounds and landscapes in my pieces. As the landscape was challenging, I also enjoyed it. It pushed me to try something new that I now can see myself doing a lot more. Another challenging part was working on the ladder. I was always on the latter because everything I painted was up at the top. Moving it around in such a small space was difficult, but the result was worth it.

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Fran: I liked the overall sketch of the mural. My favorite part I worked on was the water in the pond, and the streaked coming out of the stone figure’s head and the details on the Lily Pads. The most challenging part for me, was putting in the shadows on the water. It was difficult trying to dilute the shadow color. I used water to make the shadows faint, but then the dark blue-water mix kept dripping every time I applied it.

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Do you have a favorite memory of working at Adams?

Mei:A favorite memory of mine working at Adams was the second day of painting. Me, Fran, and Lily laughed so much that day. It was great because I hadn’t talked with either of them too much throughout the program. But getting to work with them closely for three days was so fun. I got to know them. We have a lot in common.

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Fran: I liked big windows in the room where we were painting the murals. I liked laughing at one joke for 4 hours with Lily and Mei. I liked when we ate pizza and had cookies. The atmosphere at Adams was really energetic and fun. It instantly put me in a good mood when I walked in. I also liked listening to the Lifeguard lessons, because they were interesting and the teacher told a lot of stories.

 

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How would you feel about leading/directing a mural yourself?

Mei: I would enjoy leading / directing a mural. I already have done / am doing a couple of them. It’s much harder work than it seems, but the finished product makes it worth it. Probably the hardest part is that I dont know everything about painting yet, and people will ask me questions that I sometimes cant answer or have to think hard about. But learning and growing as we paint is part of the process.

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Fran: I would feel even more scared and pressured, but I think it would be really fun. My finished pieces often differ from my sketches. I can be a bit spontaneous when it comes to actually creating art so, I think it would be interesting to see how the final product would turn out, if I were to direct other people to replicate that.

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And, lead artist Lily shares her story of leading her very first mural. 

How did it feel to have your sketch chosen to be featured on the wall at a Center?

I felt genuinely surprised and honored to have my sketch chosen to be featured on the wall.

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What does the story in the mural tell?

After discussing with Brittany and Justin about combining the two sketches, it gave the mural a new “magical” vibe or an aesthetic that may appeal to the kids in the R-Center. It also correlates to our theme this year of representation. I hope that the kids can look at the mural and find something they like or point out something that they can relate to, or be inspired by the mural and create their own stories from their own interpretations of the mural.
Here is a short story for this mural:
A young boy who found an injured tiger cub and takes care of it. Once the tiger cub was able to recover where it was able to walk on its own, they head to a sacred pond where the young boy’s family has kept for generations. The pond has magic abilities to show anything that was from the past or future. Although only those who share the same bloodline with the young boy’s family could possess such powers. Both the young boy and the cub approaches the pond and out of curiosity, the young boy shows the cub how they will look like in 10 years. The young boy performs a ritual that caused the pond to respond by lighting up lightly in a pastel yellow. After the glow settles down, the young boy and the cub can see their older self from their reflection in the pond.

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How was it different to actually lead a team than to paint as part of a crew?  What did you like about it? What was challenging?

I definitely felt that I had more control because that’s how directing anything goes, but I became more cautious and aware when painting. Such as when Mei or Fran was painting, I would check and watch them when they were painting and make sure things were going smoothly. When there was an obstacle or something they weren’t sure of, they would ask me and we would figure things out together. Usually they would check with me, asking if it looks okay.
What I like the most about directing the mural was to the experience itself and that I was able to get closer with my coworkers who I don’t know much about. A challenge when working on this mural was the texture of the wall, which made it difficult to paint on. There were usually small spots that were missed when painting, where we had to put in more effort to cover the wall.

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How does the final result compare with how this concept-or these two concepts-  started off in your sketchbook?

The final result looks almost but better from the sketch I made. The concept of combining the two sketches wasn’t originally my idea but it was Brittany and Justin’s idea to combine my sketches together. The sketches were ideas for the concept of reflection. The sketches weren’t something I wanted to use intentionally in the beginning but after combining the sketches with Brittany and Justin, it made me motivated to create this mural.
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Do you have a favorite memory of working at Adams?
The second day of working at Adams because there were a lot of laughing involved. The last day working at Adams was my favorite memory too because we were able to finish all of our murals as a team. Being able to sign and spray paint the Roc Paint logo on my first official mural was the best and most satisfying feeling in the program so far. 🙂

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Painting at Adams St, Part 1

A few weeks back we had the pleasure of spending a week painting at the Adams Street R-Center under the leadership of guest artist Aubrey Roemer. Originally from Rochester, Aubrey now hails from New York City- making her our second guest artist in a row to make the trek to the frozen upstate to work with our group of young artists. Aubrey’s work as an artist and educator is far-reaching; she has led meaningful community-based art projects all over the world. We met Aubrey during Wall\Therapy this past year and were thrilled to have her join us this winter. Her unique layered multi-media approach to mural-making, coupled with her gentle yet keenly tuned-in quality of leadership, gave our group the chance to experiment with an entirely new way of thinking.

While working at Adams Street, several members of our group painted another mural, designed and led by one of our youth artists. Next week we will recap that experience as well!

Read on for our youth artists’ experiences, in their own words.

What did you like about working on the mural at Adams Street?  What was challenging?

Nzinga: I liked painting and pasting leaves onto the walls. In all of my years being in ROC Paint Division, I do not remember ever using the technique of pasting thing onto our murals. It was a unique experience to have. The challenging part about working on this mural was making figures who did not follow traditional skin tones. We painted blue-green, illuminating, posed people. This was unfamiliar to me, which left me uncertain and doubtful.

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No: I like everything about working on this mural because it was interesting and a new style to me.  It was a little challenging for me personally to work on the mural without a photo to look at to paint on the wall.

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McKenzie: This mural was an interesting one for me because for the first two days, all I did was work on the portraits. Doing this was fun, but also challenging as I am still a beginner when it comes to painting faces. I had the most fun working on the first portrait, as I was able to do it in only blue and it was interesting to lay down the shadows and highlights using only one color.

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How did seeing the end result of the murals compare with how it felt on the first day?

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Nzinga: Seeing the end result of the murals, compared to how it felt on the first day, was relieving. The first day was a feeling of uncertainty and even a level of doubt, but once actually seeing how everything came together, it was cool to see.

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McKenzie: The mural as a whole is very different from what I first imagined. The shines around the people and the pasted flowers were not what I imagined, but something that added a really cool effect to the mural.

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Alex: On the 1st day when I saw the murals, it felt strange to think that they were only going to leave the violet portraits without details but as time went by I saw more details in them and I felt pretty good.

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This was our second guest artist to travel all the way from New York City to work with us. How did it feel to work with Aubrey? How did her process and style compare with the way we’ve worked previously? Keeping in mind the beginning part (looking at her work, the Obama portraits, etc), what did you think about this process?

No: It was awesome to work with Aubrey because her style of painting was new to most of us and we learned a lot from working with her. The process of layering paints and leaves are very unique with the style of  mural we were doing and it turn out to be fantastic.

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Alex: Working with Aubrey was a very pleasant experience because it has a very different style from the one I had seen before in other artists, besides, she really is a pretty beautiful woman, so yeah, was really good work with her.

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Nzinga: Although the mural was a challenge, Aubrey was very sweet and a good teacher. Her patience was admirable and she always gently pushed me to do a little bit better, regardless of my personal feelings about my progress in painting.  

What do you think or hope the kids will feel/ think when they look at these murals?  

Alex: I hope that children seeing these murals can feel closer to a different environment than they are used to being, that they feel more attached to a natural environment.

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McKenzie: I hope they just see something fun that represents people in a different way. The layers and layers that we had to lay on the wall ended up becoming this beautiful mural, and I simply hope that they are able to enjoy all of the work that went into it. Also, that kids will try to recreate the wall with Amari and Nari, cause I think that could look really cool.

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Amari: I want them to look at it and ask questions and wonder “what’s the meaning” and make up their own interpretation.

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Nari:  I hope they will feel happy when they see them or say “wow that’s cool” or I want to be an artist one day.

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How did it feel to have your image be featured in this mural?

Nari: I felt honored because it looked exactly like me, for people to see me in a mural even if they don’t know me. I hope they will think it’s beautiful and think we look excited and happy because that’s what represents me in my artwork.

Amari: Seeing myself on a wall is awesome. I was so excited and I’m a little self conscious, but seeing it made my day.    

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….Final photos in a blog post to come soon !

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