From the beginning of the summer until about three weeks ago, I was on a magical ride. I partnered with the Oak Forest Park District to start an art program called the “Art House” in Oak Forest, IL for young artists. Our focus was learning art techniques while doing work in the community. You can see a video and read an article about the Art House via the Oak Forest Patch.
|Art House student, ©Toni Ruppert|
|Proud parent, ©Toni Ruppert|
|Student Show, ©Toni Ruppert|
Well, the summer was Crazy Whoa! - borrowing a term from my teenage daughter. We face painted at the Relay for Life(American Cancer Society). We participated in the community kite fly in Oak Forest as well as the Oak Fest--a fun fair for families.
Looking back, I'm like Wow! - I learned 3 things from my experience at the Art House and the Tinley Park Summer Art Camp:
- Young people have a lot to offer the world with their artistry and are genuinely interested in the world.
- Many of my students needed a tiny bit of encouragement and once they got it--they were off running and creating.
- Flexibility was a must. I learned to be absolutely adaptable in my plans. One of my students, Maddie made sure I never got too stiff. Thanks Maddie!
|Art House students with K-9 Orry|
So last week, I started painting little landscapes near where I live. Then we went for a little getaway this weekend. And I painted three more little landscape paintings near the Fox River in Ottawa and Norway, IL. It was like me and God time. After not painting for a while, it’s like He whispered to me--”Just Do It.”
|Painting on the Fox River, ©Toni Ruppert|
|Painting in Norway, IL, ©Toni Ruppert|
So what’s next? More teaching in the fall via the Art House in Oak Forest. And more painting. Definitely more painting.