VSA Art Project with The Cummer

Sneak peek at some of the finished products...

Sneak peek at some of the finished products…

Tuesday, May 6-Friday, May 10, 2014 will bring the VSA Festival to Jacksonville! This event is hosted by their local affiliate The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens.

VSA is an international organization that provides opportunities in the arts for individuals with disabilities. The annual VSA Festival allows students with disabilities the chance to explore the gardens, view original works of art and experience art through all of their senses. About 2,300 children with disabilities, ranging from mild to profound disabilities and nearly 1,200 volunteers fill the Museum over a four day period. This event invites all students to participate in the creative process at their individual level of ability” -VSA page on The Cummer website.

Through a partnership with The Cummer, our students were able to create the art for the VSA Festival this year!! The art created through this project will be on the t-shirts, banners, bags, event page and all of the material associated with the VSA festival for 2014. Twelve  of the pieces from this project will also be framed and placed on display in The Cummer. This is a HUGE opportunity and we are wildly excited to be selected for this work!

Matthew, a museum educator at The Cummer, came to Alden Road and worked with our class on a two-day printmaking project to create the art for this amazing event. Our students worked with a Florida wildlife theme to create, carve and print pieces.

Posted here are pictures of the drawing, carving, and printing process as well as the final products our students created during these two classes. Enjoy and look out for our work to be on display soon!

Students studied pictures of Florida wildlife, sketched and carved their printing plates during the first class meeting of this two class project.

Matthew, the talented museum educator that worked with our class from The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

Matthew, the talented museum educator that worked with our class from The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

Our students hard at work on their Florida wildlife theme art!

Our students hard at work on their Florida wildlife theme art!

Tiera working on a manatee piece!

Tiera working on a manatee piece!

Two of our students creating a piece about Florida's orange trees

Two of our students creating a piece about Florida’s orange trees

Adrian and Jetia focused on their carvings

Adrian and Jetia focused on their carvings

Alyssa working on her rendition of Florida's state bird

Alyssa working on her rendition of Florida’s state bird

On the second day of our project, students printed their carved pieces with a variety of ink colors.

A shot of some of our supplies...

A shot of some of our supplies…

Matthew demonstrating the printmaking process for our class.

Matthew demonstrating the printmaking process for our class.

Dorian, excited to begin the printing!

Dorian, excited to begin the printing!

Reggie and Dorian watching the process intently.

Reggie and Dorian watching the process intently.

After the demo, it was time for our students to get to work!

After the demo, it was time for our students to get to work!

So much work to do!

So much work to do!

Carving and printing...

Carving and printing…

A finished piece displayed for the class

A finished piece displayed for the class

Mike smiling after a successfully printed piece.

Mike smiling after a successfully printed piece.

The class working on their final print before it is time to clean up.

The class working on their final print before it is time to clean up.

In the end, the students printed 32 pieces!

In the end, the students printed 32 pieces!

The 12 that were selected for framing and display in The Cummer!

The 12 that were selected for framing and display in The Cummer!

A few more final prints.

A few more final prints.

We cannot wait to see these colorful pieces on the VSA materials for this year’s festival! Stay tuned!!