Over the last week and a half, the Roc Paint Division squad has had some pretty focused days in our “studio” at Marketview Lodge. Here’s a quick peek at the projects that have been keeping us busy:
This may be no one’s very favorite part of the program, but its an important part of the process nonetheless. For the second year, each artist picked an image to turn into a 3 or 4 layer stencil, under lead artist/stencil master Justin’s leadership. Last year, each artist chose a flower that they liked; this time around, we gave them the chance to expand into the natural world a little more, and the stencil set will include butterflies, ladybugs, and a particularly detailed dragonfly. These finished products will give our team a set of artistic tools that can be used over and over, for any and all of the murals that we work on. Next week, one of our youth artists will give a more detailed recap of the process- for now, they’ve all been busy slicing away with blade after exacto blade. Our goal is to have all of the stencils finished by next week, it looks like to be reach: their fingers may be calloused and sore, but this team is really moving.
- Individual paintings:
At the conclusion of the program, we will be holding an art show at our headquarters to share all of the work we’ve been doing- and in addition to all of our murals, each artist will have an individual piece related to our overall theme of growth that they will be presenting. In these early weeks of the program, getting started on these pieces gives the team a chance to practice painting skills before moving on to working collaboratively on a larger scale. From brainstorming to sketching to starting the final piece (and for N’Zinga, nearly finishing!), each artist is currently at a different part of the process.
For both Mei and Etana, beginning their personal pieces has given them the chance to experiment with spray paint for the first time.
Our friend Alex Freeman came by earlier this week to check out our progress, and he made this awesome short video of the stencil cutting process. We’ll be sharing his videos regularly on our Instagram account, so be sure to keep checking back!
Alex and Cooper just having a moment.
And also, because we did have to work all evening on valentines day, it seemed only appropriate to channel a little bit of our artists’ creative energy into some festive treats.
We’ve also been prepping for our first official mural project, which will be painted on panels and installed at the Humboldt R-Center. In the next few weeks we should be ready to give you all a sneak peek at the design and progress on it! 🙂 Stay tuned….