A few artists in the area have volunteered to be listed here as mentor artists. They are displayed on this site so that kids can see how their art and creativity might be carried into their futures. These mentor artists are happy to give advice on things such as technique, how to harness an idea, creative expression, etc. These mentor artists are also meant to inspire kids to grow with their creativity and artistic skills.
If your child has a question for one of these artists or is in need of guidance on an art project you may submit questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
MENTOR ARTIST #1
Who were your mentors? Who did you look up to? I am a self-taught artist – although I learned alot from fellow artists over the years.
Advice for young artists exploring and growing their abilities: Painting is just another way of keeping a diary. (Pablo Picasso)
I do not seek. I find. (Pablo Picasso)
While I am working I am not conscious of what I am putting on the canvas. (Pablo Picasso)
Make your first 1000 mistakes as quickly as possible. (Pablo Picasso – I think)
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once you grow up. (Pablo Picasso)
Mentor Artist #2
To encourage kids to be involved in their school, embrace their creativity, and to bond with the community, I am starting a new fundraiser, Gallery of Youth, that benefits the art program at Pepin Area Schools.
An art gallery will be set up for our sale held April 1-3, 2016. This sale will be set up like a real art showing, with all of the focus on the kids. 100% of profits from this sale will go to the school.
I am looking for original works of art made by the Pepin Area School students, to be donated to this sale. Students may submit multiple works of art. This may include 2-D paintings, drawings or collage, 3-D sculpture, weaving, poetry, photography, crayon drawings, etc. Artwork submitted may be of a serious or silly nature. These works of art might be turned into prints, greeting cards, t-shirts, or sold as originals.
A handful of pieces will be chosen as featured works of art– to be sold by silent auction. All other art will be sold affordably so that everyone can take home a piece of art made by local youth.
Area businesses or individuals may sponsor the program by donating funds for printing services, matting or framing. Art supplies or mentoring would also be a welcome donation.
Gallery of Youth will be set up at The Breakwater (400 1st Street). Friday, April 1 will be our opening night and celebration for participating students and their families to view their work. The sale will continue through the weekend. We will also have a judging of the most interesting and creative piece. The winning artist will get a sailboat ride with a participating local artist or craftsman of their choice, provided by Sail Pepin. The winning artist will also receive a special honor…but that’s a surprise.
**All Artwork must be submitted by March 11 so that we can prepare it for the sale.
To submit artwork or if art supplies or mentoring are needed to complete projects, please let me know.
Interested sponsors and contributors may contact me to discuss options.
I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish with the kids involvement!