Based on our Visiting Artist Doron Gazit’s lessons with HOLA teens on Airchitecture, we made inflatable boats to sail on MacArthur Park’s Lake.
We used Doron’s Air Tubes to make the triangulated structures that participants decorated. We had a wild time making the structures and used up 150 Air Tubes by the middle of the day!
Air Tube decoration!
Putting the structures together!
Taking the boats out to the lake!
One of our most popular stations during the Public Art Celebration was the Printmaking Station. Using printmaking plates that you can carve with a pencil, we made low-tech blockprinting plates to make beautiful prints. Each participant was able to make a plate and multiple prints using non-toxic paints.
Its been a little while since our July 28th final event, but we wanted you to see the amazingness of our “Transforming the Everyday” Public Art Celebration!!
It was a wonderfully hot day in MacArthur Park, and hundreds of people showed up to the Levitt Pavilion to celebrate the end of my (Tanya Aguiniga) Summer Artist in Residecy at HOLA.
We had 6 different activity stations for children and parents to participate in. Here are some snapshots of the people involved in making the event happen!
The day started off with awesome Dub Lab DJ’s playing us into the celebration.
Here are some of the Public Art Celebration crew— including HOLA staff, Art and Nature Artists, HOLA teens and Tanya Aguiniga Studio interns and employees.
Some of our Celebration participants…
HOLA teens helping out during the festivities…
And our trusted helper Sonia Kim, who helped the teens every week!
We started our last day with blind countour drawings to get student’s warmed up! They had fun working in pairs to draw each other on their hand-dyed banners from week 3 using fabric oil pastels.
Eunice draws Harrison…
Kelvin drawing his sister Lady, capturing her always perfect red lipstick!
A piece ready to be heat-set, signed by both artist and subject.
We then moved on to making twig mobiles in preparation for our HOLA Public Art Celebration while simultaneously rotating students to work on our Shibori Quilt. In making these take home pieces, students learned techniques to use while making the Twigloo with Art and Nature as part of the Celebration.
Students learned simple ways to transform their living spaces by using found twigs, strings and paint to make mobiles. We also used some of the hand-dyed scraps from our Shibori Quilt.
Our week 3 hand dyed banners wait for us in the HOLA Library.
HOLA students take turns going up to the second floor and working on our Shibori Quilt. We hand tie each banner to metal bars, creating a color-coded quilted look to soften the bars.
Our finished piece is a gift to future generations of HOLA students. It is meant to stay at HOLA and greet visitors and students from the gallery space. It shows our teamwork, collaborative spirit and the one of a kind handmade pieces showcase our individuality.
We had an amazing time together this summer! We learned a great deal about each other, new art making techniques, met amazing visiting artists and hope that visitors got to enjoy our collaborative public art pieces!
This week we had the pleasure of having Doron Gazit, the inventor of the Air Tubes and Wind Tubes, lead us in a inflatable art workshop. We learned about AirChitecture and how Doron created artwork for the Olympics and the Superbowl with his inventions.
We learned how to easily inflate tubes using Bernoulli’s Principal. After a little experimentation and workshop in triangulation, we made a custom canopy to greet HOLA visitors and students into the art studio.
We learned that Doron started his art carrer by making balloon animals to pay for college! Here, Angel gives balloon animals a try.
We had a great time using air as an art making tool and learning how art combined with science and math can not just transform spaces but help you make a living!
We visited Ball-Nogues Studio to learn more about the process of making public art.
Benjamin Ball explains to HOLA students how computers aid in designing large-scale pieces, as well as
We also learned more about the process of preparing for making complicated pieces with multiple components.
Here, Benjamin show us a table that was used in their “Table Cloth” project at UCLA.
HOLA students check out some material studies for sculptures around Ball-Nogues Studio.
In keeping with our theme of transforming the everyday, we decided to demonstrate methods of dying as a way to renew something plain. The methods included tie-dying and shibori dying.
After some quick demonstrations, the teens were given a tote and a t-shirt along with some samples they needed to dye.