These were originally painted as answers to a visual questionnaire in September 2009.
Mayor Sam Adams
This one answered the question "What's in your wallet?" In addition to being the actual mayor of Portland, Mayor Sam Adams appeared as "Sam" the aide to the character of the mayor of Portland in the TV series "Portlandia." Sam is no longer Mayor, and his twitter account is defunct.
These pieces were tailored specifically to work with on-demand print fulfillment services, such as Café Press and RedBubble. These ones are all Outdoor School-themed.
I don't feel like it's appropriate to erase the existence of this art completely. It makes more sense to me to call out the problematic aspects in this blog (see topic: Out with the Old). I have made mistakes. I will own them. I have learned how to do better, and I will continue to seek opportunities to learn.
These posts chronicle my work as an artist in residence at a local middle school. Each project involved 1-6 weeks of working with a class (or multiple classes) of students for an hour or more (per class) each day. Each project was integrated with a science or social studies unit the students were studying outside of the art time, and the art was used to enrich and expand on those themes.
• 8 Years • 16 Projects • 24 Classes •
Each final photo was cropped square and professionally printed in preparation for the installation outside the classroom door. The results are pretty impressive considering we started with pre-teen amateur photographers, smart phones, and a cheap devices attached to a rubber bands.
Some students continued working on eyes.
After eyes, we progressed to finding objects around the classroom to photograph.
We also took a brief trip out to the schoolyard to find some other objects, natural and otherwise, to practice macro photography.
Finally, we set up a photography studio in the classroom, complete with various reposition-able lights and black backgrounds. Students could bring natural objects from home or the schoolyard into the classroom to photograph. The following are some of their best shots, but not yet their final shots.
We engaged in several practice sessions, one of which involved photographing a partner's eyeball. This required patience from both the photographer and the subject, as the camera had to get REALLY close to the subject's eye. It's very difficult to not blink or flinch in this situation.
Overall, the results were good, but most students still had a ways to go in learning to hold the phone at the correct distance to get the focus right.