Many of you may know that I am a real advocate for eduction, especially when it comes to my art form – 3d street painting. I’ve created a free ‘How To’ video – for those interested in learning the basics of 3d work which can be easily accessed on the home page of my website – as well as an easy to use e-book on the topic. These are great tools for anyone hoping to get started in the world of 3d street painting.
But my real love lies in direct appearance workshops, where I can freely interact with students who crave understanding in how these illusions really work.
I had the wonderful pleasure of traveling to beautiful Lake Wales, Florida to demonstrate 3d street painting at the Janie Howard Wilson Elementary School. Invited by art teacher Tiffany Weaver and team, they asked me lecture and draw for the 500+ students, kindergarten through 5th grade.
What a blast! Most of the kids had never seen this type of work before and those that did know of it had not seen it in person. I decided to create a Florida gator for them & in a little over 2 hours had the reptile crawling out of their playground surface. The kids went crazy for the work and everyone had a chance to come see the drawing.
As is customary for a visiting artist, I donated an original pastel work – a 3d wall piece of a Tiger – to the school gallery for the students to enjoy and perhaps find inspiration from. It was a terrific experience for me and I certainly felt tremendous value in the responses received from the students, faculty and even parents. Art has such a great way of bridging gaps, filling in the holes and motivating creativity on all levels – in this case it’s a two way street: I received as much from this experience as the students did!
Thanks to Center State Bank – Lake Wales, Weaver & McClendon Law, Dr. Willard Pearce, Tiffany Weaver, Micky Caban & everyone at Janie Howard Wilson.