Ah, the serenity of working in one’s studio, uninterrupted by the outside world. When I think of artists working in their studios, I imagine a light-soaked room with classical music playing, intelligent thoughts filling the emptiness, and an almost “Zen-like” atmosphere.
Artists who visit the Woodson Art Museum as part of our artists-in-residence program give all that up. No working alone here! Picture crowds of students and adults, asking questions, watching intently, mouthing “wow,” and shaking their heads in disbelief.
Visiting artists are generous with their time. During weekday hours they actively engage and interact with students and general visitors. In the evening they lead after-school programs for children and teens. On the weekends they work with adults and again with the general public. People just can’t get enough!
Why? Because we are all captivated by the artistic process. Artist residencies also offer the opportunity to see for ourselves, to give it a try, or to ask questions we’ve never had the opportunity or courage to ask.
We’re gearing up for our next Artist-in-Residence – Scratched in Nature – featuring Paula Waterman from Tuesday – Sunday, October 20 – 25, 2009.
Frequent Birds in Art participant Paula Waterman of Eldersburg, Maryland, settles in at the Woodson to engage schoolchildren, teachers, after-school participants, families, and all visitors in the fine art of scratchboard.
Excited??? I am. For more information check out the Museum’s website.
Conversations with Norman Rockwell:
Character Actor Sam Harper in Residence
December 1 – 6, 2009
Las Artes de Mexico con Juan Flores:
Exploring the Traditional Arts of Mexico
February 2 – 7, 2010
Man’s Best Friend:
A Photography Residency with Butch McCartney
May 11 – 14, 2010
The Comics: From Peanuts to Transformers
A Residency with Comic Artist
July 19 – 26, 2010