Live Blog: Our collaborative CITY piece

We started this piece one year ago - February 2018, which started as a city-scape painted by artist Jesse Kreuzer (side-note: I babysat Jesse and his twin sister Allison from when they were born until they were about 5-6 years old). Our original idea was to have the kids paint the bottom area (below the city streets) and retain the skyline that Jesse created. These first few pics are from a class trip in Feb 2018. It was a group of 8th graders from a school in the Bronx.

Several of them were very tall. I grabbed a bunch of paint brushes - walked them over to the piece and said ‘I have no idea what to do with this piece'. One of them said “Can we paint more buildings?”. We grabbed some stools and they created a new skyline - that still exists one year later. It was truly one of those memorable moments - sort of like an out of body experience. Here are some shots from that day.

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This was when it started to take on a life of it’s own and it has been changing week by week. Some days it takes a real beating with kids doing scribble scrabble - but I try to get them to focus and think about the lines they are making before they approach it (more on that later). Here are some more pics over the course of the past year.

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 Then there was this moment, this day - it was an ‘Under 2 Sensory Workshop’ and this is one of the Gordon twins - who blew me away with their focus and determination to work on all the different pieces we have in our 5,500 sq/ft workshop. To see more of the twins in action -check out this post.

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Then, of course, there is Lochlan - my sweet spit-fire of a son that has immense creativity and enormous amounts of bottled up energy just ready to explode at a moments notice. This picture makes me cry every time I look at it, because remember the moment just before I took it - he was actually talking to himself as he made brush strokes. I also remember the moment just after I took this pic because he started chuffing like a tiger and ran after me.

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I will continue to update this post as our CITY piece continues. At some point, we are going to call it, take it down off the wall and (hopefully) stretch it and sell it with portion of proceeds going to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (my mother told me that if I ever started selling art, I should donate portion to "St Jude's”.

If you’d like to work on this piece with your child, please check out our schedule and come to one of our workshops.

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