Drip, splatter, and spray large scale art! Painting workshops explore visual art and creative expression through the use of drawing, color, and painting, music and conversation. Starting with pencil and paper, participants are led through a design session where they learn different ways to convert a small image to a large canvas, mix colors and apply different strokes.
During a week-long residency over Spring Break 2019, Wisconsin artist, Audifax, worked with teenagers inside the Dane County Juvenile Detention Center to transform the giant wall in the corridor all residents walk through on their way to and from juvenile court appearances.
After a 90-minute design session the week prior, Audifax came back to the facility on Monday to work with the teen residents over the next 5 days to trace projected designs and paint the entire wall in shifts of 2 or 3 students at a time. To the sounds of countless meaningful conversations and various choices of music, the teens took on the pieces that most excited them or fit their skill sets the most. Due to the nature of the facility, teen residents are only housed on a temporary basis so there were some kids that took part in every session, but also kids that were only there for the beginning or the end of the project.
Audifax says, "where this mural sits in the building, being the last and first thing the teens see before and after court, I wanted to bring a peaceful and powerful image - a reminder to reflect and find peace and clarity within. The central faces are split down the middle and show regardless of who you are (gender, race, background), change and a desire to create a better life for yourself begin with you. First get to know and respect yourself and positivity can be shown to and shared with others. The surrounding mandala image was chosen because of their representation of inner peace throughout the ages. Waves at the center stand for the ripple effect in the power in being authentic with yourself, radiating to those around you."
Read more about the project in this CAP TIMES article!
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Wisconsin artist, Peter Krsko, spent Spring Break 2019 at Dane County Juvenile Court Shelter Home to engage teen residents in the design and production of a mural inside their dining room.
Peter's work is grounded in science education and the students were interested in the blown up microscopic images he's done for group mural projects in the past. Because this mural was going into the Shelter's dining room, the group decided a food theme was fitting and they spent time brainstorming ideas around microscopic food representations, thinking about foods that would break down into different shapes and textures as well as picking favorite foods and colors.
Students used a microscope to view the foods that rose to the top of the discussion on the first day, and then began to create stencils by projecting and tracing their microscopic views onto large poster board. For the remainder of the week, students continued to create and use these type of stencils to strategically populate the wall space. Throughout the week, some students took breaks from the mural to use their new skill set to create new stencils for a personal project on canvas that they could keep.
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Over a two week period during Spring 2018, teaching artist, Carlos Gacharna, engaged teenage residents at the Dane County Juvenile Detention Center in a mural design project. Carlos lead workshops on cultural pattern design, with a peer vote helping to choose the final designs to be used for the intake corridor murals. Over the course of the residency, teens and Bubbler crew painted the hallway and the inside of both temporary intake holding cells.
After finishing the project and taking in the view from one of the two intake cells, both coated with some bright new murals, Carlos reflects with a simple statement, “I can’t fix the system, but I can do my part to make it a little more bearable...the least I can do is bring a little humanity to their experience.”
Thanks to Carlos & the detention administration, a new welcome awaits all future arrivals!
A week-long residency at Dane County Juvenile Court Shelter Home was the perfect amount of time for Carlos Gacharna to drop some knowledge in patterns, colors and heritage, and to engage teen residents in the design and production of this mural inside the Shelter classroom.
Read more about Carlos's time as a Making Justice Artist-In-Residence.
During a month-long residency over Summer Break 2017, local teaching artist Lesley Anne Numbers worked with teens at the Dane County Juvenile Detention Center to transform a long wall in the narrow hallway between visitation and lockdown. Lesley was joined by Lauden Nute, one of her students at Madison College.
Lesley and Lauden came in on a Thursday afternoon in August in order to present the concept of mural design and to generate ideas and themes with teen residents. After a brief introduction to themselves and their trajectory as an learner and artist, Lesley and Lauden laid some basic groundwork by working with the group to better define the hallway between visitation and lock down. Then they then handed out markers and a stack of note cards to each teen and court officers, and began asking basic questions about how they experience that hallway through their 5 senses before, during and after walking from lock down towards visitation, and vice versa. Lesley and Lauden took individual notes but also collected all of the note cards, and took them home in order use these responses while designing the mural on a laptop.
The following week, Lesley and Lauden came back to the facility where they showed a draft design to both the teen residents and the detention administrators and staff to offer feedback and move on to the next step. Over the next 3 weeks, the teens used pencils and marker to transfer the design to the wall, and then paint and outline the entire design. Due to the nature of the facility, teen residents are only housed on a temporary basis so there were some kids that took part in every session, but also kids that were only there for the beginning or the end of the project.
-->Special THANK YOU to the Madison Arts Commission and the Magic Pebble Foundation for their financial support.