Flushing Town Hall Teaching Artist: Marcela Carvalho
Marcela Carvalho, born in Minais Gerais, Brazil, is a multifaceted artist working in the mediums of ceramics, painting, music, and a writer for children’s book. Her deft ability in portraying emotion through visual art emerged soon after studying at the Brazilian Conservatory of Music followed by a move to New York in 1986, where she studied the piano at the Manhattan School of Music and painting at the Art Students League. A later apprenticeship at the Super Mud Pottery studio followed by an educational appointment at The Clay Hand Gallery is where Marcela taught ceramics and brought her to a more meaningful understanding of nature’s elements and their impact on human psychology. Her clay works have been shown at many prestigious museums, galleries, and art fairs including the El Museum Del Barrio in NYC. As an educator and entrepreneur, she works as the Executive Director for Marcela4arts, which focuses on using art to heal and raise self-esteem to people of different backgrounds and cultures.
She has taught at various institutions in NYC such as the YMCA of Greater New York, The Richard Rogers School of the Arts and Technology, Beth Israel Medical Center, Sewing the Roses, Inc., NMIC.org to name a few. In 2012 Marcela was awarded Artist Representative Participant of the CHALK Live Your Life Campaign at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. Aside from her success as a fine artist Marcela Carvalho is also an entrepreneur Designer and has launched a line of hand painted handbags inspired from her paintings.
A Feel for Tea
Exploring the elements of earth, wind, water and fire, students will be guided to imagine, design and create their own clay teacups using a pinch method technique. Through the use of arts vocabulary and literacy, students will use their own set of skills that support learning across the curriculum in Geometry, Mathematics, Ceramic Technical Language, Physics and Earth Science as part of their work. Connections to cultural, social, and historical contexts in clay works will help students gain a better understanding of the work, while acknowledging some links to their community and experiences on the subject of pottery making. Touching, feeling, looking, and constructing pottery focuses on the skills of imagination, observation, and invention leading to exploring and expressing new ways of thinking and feeling.
Recycled Bottle Painting
This uniquely designed mixed media bottle painting class focuses on basic painting technique, the use of space and dimensions, shapes and patterns, visual storytelling, the composition of elements, and structure to connect with themselves. Students will use a variety of organic materials for dimension, texture, and color while guiding students to see their talent, and visualize how to create a unique piece of art. Students will also learn to draw and transfer their image(s) onto a recycled bottle. The process of creation is incorporated as students conclude the program with an exhibit celebration of all the works at the end of the residency.
*Please note that student should bring their own recycled bottle for this workshop*