Sitting on the floor across from the world's greatest paintings and sculptures in the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, you will find young artists sketch pads in hand, trying to capture the essence of the masterpiece. That's what was going on Sunday at Artpace's Teen Artist Workshop.
Ten San Antonio teens fashioned torn and cut scraps of painted paper, shooting each configuration frame-by-frame to create a one-of-a-kind stop-motion animated video masterpiece modeled after international artist-in-residence Jacco Olivier's Cycle.
Olivier's original spans three large screens, ribbons and mountains of panoramic shapes and colors glide harmoniously across the large moving palette. None of the shapes are truly definable, yet you clearly recognize them as the 14-minute story progresses. Are they mountains, lakes, trees? Does it matter? It conveys a sense of splendid peace and tranquility.
These young students under the guidance of curator of education, Kaela Hoskings, and artist Johnny Villarreal and the Edge of Imagination Station, have engaged in this experiment of shapes and movement - just like those other students in famous galleries...learning the strokes, seeing and feeling more deeply into the folds of artistic expression. When done, each student will have completed roughly 2 minutes of animation that will then be pieced together into one final product. Look for the video to post soon on Artpace.org.
Want to try your hand? Artpace invites you to participate in the 'Freestyle' area at their 9th Annual Chalk It Up event October 13, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Houston St. To find out more go to Artpace.org.