Flushing Town Hall Teaching Artist: Suzanne DeMarco

 

 

Suzanne DeMarco is an educator and artist. She has more than twenty years of teaching experience, including ten years of service at Juan Cabrillo Elementary School, in the Santa Monica, Malibu Unified School District. Suzanne has taught art for both mainstream and children with special educational needs. The National Standards and Common Core Curriculum are integrated into each art lesson. She is an accomplished workshop and program presenter and the developer of a unique system, “just do art 4 kids”, www.justdoart4kids.com. This program is proven as it has demonstrated success in schools across the country and internationally. Her system was adopted in Botswana, Africa, as a primary tool for art education. Most recently Suzanne personally brought “just do art” to Jacmel Haiti, where she had the fortune to teach art to over 250 children, none of whom spoke English. Suzanne believes that the language of art transcends the spoken word.

 

 


 

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

 


 

Turkish Tiles: Bringing Together Communities Around the World (For grades 3 & 6)

In this workshop, participants will learn about the history of Iznik Pottery, which received its named from the town in Turkey where it was originally crafted. Turkey is bordered by eight countries and has always played a strategic role within European and Asian trade, culture and politics. Here, students will create individual tiles with a traditional Iznik design; gain a deeper understanding of the history of Turkey and the connection to art through the Silk Road trade in Asia, Europe and the Middle East; develop their fine motor skills through the art of tracing; and learn about different types of pattern making.

 

Back to the Beginning  (all ages)

Cave paintings depicted scenes from the lives of early humans, often focusing on animals and hunting. Since they did not have a calendar and written language had not yet been invented, they used cave paintings as a way to share what they learned. They drew pictures of their livestock and hunting techniques on the walls, to teach future generations how to find food and shelter. Cave painting is one of the early examples of “collective learning”, which means the sharing of knowledge that is passed on. For instance, if a person came up with an idea that was a new and easy way to make a spear, the knowledge could be drawn onto their cave walls and passed forward so everyone wouldn’t have to figure it out again for themselves.

 

 

Frida’s Faces Collage (all ages)

Frida Kahlo, born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderon, was a Mexican painter who lived from 1907 to 1954. Kahlo’s many paintings represent collages of her dramatic life and passion for her Mexican culture. She used bright colors and animals in her paintings to tell her story.  When she was 18, Kahlo was in an accident, which required her to stay in bed for extended periods of time. While recuperating, she started painting to overcome her boredom. She had never received any formal training in art, but the countless hours practicing granted her great recognition to this very day.

 

 

Under the Tables, to Up in the Starry Night Sky (all ages) 1-2-3 week residency

Study of the Masters; inspired by artists such as Michelangelo. The students will have the opportunity to draw on the underside of their table to recreate a piece of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, Italy. Second week, learning about master artist, Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Starry Night, incorporating the feeling of movement into their drawings, plus the real look of a nighttime scene. Third week, learning how to draw Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, by just starting with an oval shape. In this da Vinci lesson, the students will learn how to draw perspective, negative spaces along with cast shadows, so they can create their own interpretation of the Mona Lisa.

 

 

The power of U and yoUr portrait (all ages)

After this lesson, students will learn that they can draw any person’s portrait they want. Whether it is one of a political person, like Martin Luther King, a famous artist’s portrait, or of a celebrity like Elvis, it all begins with the letter U. The U enables one the ability to use different styles of hair and also proper placement of all facial features. Although they will be looking at the same examples provided, the end results are great, as each student, through their own rendition, will tell their story through visual art.