Another one of our super popular creation stations was the live screen printing with Hit+Run!
People could pick a design to be printed on tote bags:
Turns out these bags were super convenient for carrying all the artwork made and traded at the event!
There was a long line the whole time!
One of our most popular stations was the photo booth, hosted by Ramak Fazel, a guest artist from week 8.
People got to take their polaroids home with them.
Ramak is an amazing inventive photographer who experimented with the polaroid photo booth portrait format!
Participants were encouraged to jump over to the next table where they could decorate frames for their photos.
June 16th, Father’s Day, we held our final event in MacArthur Park!
Tons of kids and families from the neighborhood joined in our festivities - all of it free.
First stop was the trading post, where copies of our golden publication (printed by Golden Spike Press) were passed out, and the ceramic currency we made in class were on view and available for trade!
Edna brought original artworks in from home and brokered a bunch of deals with kids and families from the park.
The trading post was the beginning and end of the line at our Swap/Meet. This is where you came to pick up a copy of the publication and find out what all the festivities were for, and where you cam when you had made things you wanted to trade, like sun prints or paper flowers.
Woodward Gardens (Kim Kelly and Public Art teacher Onya Hogan-Finlay) brought their Mini-Putt public art installation to the park. It was a real hit!
The mini course even had a mini H.O.L.A. building with a mini monitor in the window that played a video created by H.O.L.A. students with teacher, Mariah Grarnett and Michelle Lawler!
We are working hard to prepare for the SWAP/MEET public art event at MacArthur Park. Everything is coming together beautifully!
Today was our last class before our final event!
We had a lot to get done and all pitched in to finish up projects we’d started over the last 9 weeks.
We collectively glazed the clay “currency” we made in week 4.
Our “guest artists” today were some cats from the neighborhood.
We also customized pages for our publication, which will be unveiled at our final event, June 16!
Some of us used India Ink…
Others used collage.
And some people collaborated!
Can’t wait til June 16th! Come trade art with us in the park!
In honor of Harvey Milk Day we looked at mailart and stamps today. Harvey Milk will be featured on a Commemorative US Postal Stamp and would have celebrated his 83 birthday today. Who was Harvey? He was the world’s first openly gay elected official that lived in San Francisco, CA.
HOLA students took photos and drew portraits that we will turn into actual $0.33 personalized postcard stamps!
Our visiting artist today was Ramak Fazel. About a month ago HOLA students wrote questions and mailed postcards to Ramak. The tricky thing is that our postcards were cut into strange shapes so we weren’t sure if Postal Service would accept our postcards with $0.33 domestic postcard stamps on them.
Ramak did receive our postcards and brought them in to class to respond to each question. We were surprised to discover that he created drawings on the front of each inspired by the unique shapes of our postcards!
For this project he traveled in a van to 49 state capitols in 78 days. He mailed himself postcards along the way as he visited Capitol cities. He used old stamps from his own stamp collection to create images on the front of each giant 10”x15” postcard.
Thank you Ramak!
Next week is our last class before the Final Art Swap Meet event on June 16th (2-5pm). It’s going to be fun and we’ll have snacks too!