Last week, the Woodson Art Museum welcomed 160 fourth- and fifth-grade students for Art Cluster, a Wausau School District program for those who demonstrate an aptitude and eagerness for the visual arts.
Prepping for student art projects doesn’t usually require bushels and boxes of potatoes. This week’s artist residency, though, is shaping up to be extraordinary. Artist Tom Hill’s residency, “Produced in Produce & Worked with Wire,” November 5-10, focuses on wire sculpture, incorporating root vegetables into the mix. Who knew that potatoes, coupled with a bit of creativity, could pack such a punch of personality? Tom Hill, as it turns out, knows quite well that adding a bit of twisted wire can transform a spud from a dud into a memorable character filled with flair.
Part of what makes working at the Woodson Art Museum so rewarding is the diverse and dynamic environment. Moving quickly between various projects and programs, however, makes time for reflection scarce. The new year is a good time to reflect on a busy but memorable year, and one way to relive fond memories of quality art education experiences is through students' thoughtful and endearing thank-you notes and drawings that Museum staff and volunteers receive.