Weya painting - a Post Script
- Greetings Art Educators,
P.S. - Ooops.... I forgot to tell you, the eBay listing is only up for
22 more hours from right now. I don't want anyone to be disappointed
if you check too late. I should have looked at that before I made the
first post.... Oh well.
On Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 9:45 AM, Judy Decker wrote:
> Greetings Art Educators,
> When I first got back into teaching many years ago, a student asked me
> "Why don't you ever show us art we can do?" - as I always showed
> master examples with my lessons. Of course, I never wanted my students
> to copy the work of the masters - it was the concept/art appreciation
> aspect I was after. Yet, that comment stuck with me. When I was hired
> at my former school, much of my curriculum (for 6th and 7th grade
> anyways -- and the one year I taught elementary) was focused on Folk
> Art - art of the common people - art KIDS loved and could "do" with
> confidence. Besides, it was art I could afford to BUY to enhance my
> art lessons. My house is full of beautiful things now.
> Anyways.... This Weya Painting always brings a smile to my face. Like
> minds I guess. It looks just like one of my art lessons!
> My lessons often included special frames that were part of the art
> work (many times optional - sometimes required).
> For a lesson like this, I used old beat up Masonite. We glued on
> strips of Styrofoam for the frame (free of course from various packing
> materials... I think it was from the new cafeteria tables). We covered
> the Styrofoam with plaster gauze strips (or paper mache -- depending
> on media we were using). The frame was then painted to be part of the
> art work (or collaged with the rest of the artwork for that particular
> This Weya painting is available on Africa Direct -- BUT is also listed
> on eBay right now as "Make an Offer". Don't let this one get away from
> you.....Elizabeth Bennett loves to get African art in the
> classrooms..... Check out their eBay listing (link is too long to
> post). Enter Weya in the search. You will also see many wonderful Weya
> Story Quilts. I bought 2 of the six panel ones. I LOVE them! I love
> this painting, too -- but have no room to display it (smile).
> Actually, it needs to be were kids can see it anyways.
> I have been buying from Africa Direct since 2005. Amazing company! One
> of these days, I will get server space again so I can show off my
> collection - and my own hand made jewelry using African trade beads
> and Tibetan beads. I will be in an invitational art show again this
> summer to show off five pieces. Last year I also had five pieces in
> the show. I lost count how many necklaces I have made for myself and
> for gifts for friends. I tried making some to sell, but at present
> there is no market for them.... I guess you folks need to create a
> market for me!? The first piece I sold was to an art education major
> at a nearby university. I know she will be creating a market for me.
> I know you all don't have time to check eBay everyday like do.....but
> during the summer months, stop in from time to time on Africa Direct's
> eBay site. Eliza often puts items up at ridiculously low prices. I bid
> and often win! Yeah! I never got ideas for my African art lessons by
> looking at lesson plans others have written..... I got my ideas by
> looking at African ART.
> Note: The Summer Tip In Exchange theme will be "It Takes a Village" -
> you can loosely interpret that (more to come on that). My own pages
> will include images from my story quilts - embellished, of course.
> Summer 2012 will be the last Tip In I offer. I won't stop doing
> pages.... I will be just doing them for myself (and my book for my
> son). Beginning summer 2010, my pages have included African art
> objects/textile images I have purchased (or wished I could purchase in
> some cases).
> Judy Decker