28 February 2010
Three peers and myself are teaching two animation classes at the Kansas City Public Library. Specifically the Blueford and Southeast branch.
These libraries are essentially in the ghetto of the city; when we were getting orientation, the ladies we work under pointed out the current bullet in the window. It was a little terrifying to see, but I realized that there are normal people who survive this environment every day.
We had our first day; I showed some basic screenings (like Fantasmagorie and Hertzfeldt's Rejected for humor) and the kids responded well. Two kids specifically seemed very excited--they expressed a like for anime and drawing.
After the screenings, we made some flipbooks. The two kids that responded before responded again, and they seemed genuinely excited. It was exciting for me to know that maybe I was giving them a chance they didn't know they had.
We have our second class this Thursday, and we'll be working on stop-motion. The kids also expressed interest in Photoshop, so I'm going to try to convince the librarians to purchase an educational version so the kids can always have access to it.
09 February 2010
This was my Junior year of muraling. Another newspaper feature!
This was the year that I painted in the grocery store. It worked like a commission, but was actually just more community service. Price Cutter had me and my friend Daniel paint a little market scene inside the store according to the store manager's wishes. It was a very tacky image, but he put a plaque up for us after we were finished. It was quite nice.
I miss these projects.
I used to do a project every summer where I would work about 100 hours painting murals on historical buildings in my old hometown. I was recognized for community service and interviewed by the newspaper a few times.
These are such old photos.
These images feature my senior year of the project, and the fourth project that I took part in.
This was one featured on the back of an old shoe store. The challenge this year was figuring out how to paint on a wall that was primarily broken concrete.
More in other posts.