Luck was in our favor when we met our Guest Artist of the month Kendra D' Angora a few years ago at our Local Community Arts Center in Plymouth, MA. I was looking for quality art classes for our two home schooled children and that is exactly what we found and more with Kendra. She offered a varied array of art mediums, tools and projects for her " aspiring art students" with a bit of Art History on the side!
Kendra is a Mass Art graduate and taught art classes to school children in Boston for several years before moving to Wareham, MA. where she currently lives, creates and teaches art. I could see she was right at home with the children and her craft during the first class. Her willingness to let them explore with all the materials she placed before them was a sight to see! She was free, non- judgmental and delighted in watching the children create while she gently offered tips here and there as they worked through each project.
In one 7 week session the children ages 7-12 were introduced to clay, watercolor, (Georga O'Keefe ) acrylic paints, (Matisse) working with recycled materials, wire, beads, and buttons, drawing mystical creatures, pastels and glaze for firing their clay pieces that would go into the Kiln.
As a home school mom I wasn't willing to sacrifice art in our children's educational experience. I was pleasantly surprised by all they were able to gleen from just one session with Kendra.
They learned that art is MESSY AND FUN and that anyone can be an artist if they want too!
Zach's interpretation of an acrylic painting done by Matisse'
( age 10 )
After such great success with the first session she offered several more! During one session our home school class was asked to participate in the bi-anual Children's Art Festival which included all of Plymouth's public and home school students. Our daughter's water color painting was chosen along with a handful of other young artists to be printed into a greeting cards and sold at the show. ( see below )
Nicolette's interpretation of a water color by Gorgia O' Keefe' ( age 8 )
We recently met up with Kendra at her studio in Wareham, Ma. to see what she is rolling, molding and firing up these days and she agreed to an interview with D.H. Lucky us!