In four short weeks, the Ogden Education Summer Programs are off to a great start. Since the start of June, the museum has welcomed five local high school students and two college interns to assist the education staff. After two weeks of docent training, puppet making, and museum hopping, our docents are certainly fully equipped to represent the Ogden for the next two months.
Since training, we welcomed first session campers to Art and Drama Camp. Instructors Sarah Wiseman and Mikko directed fifteen students over the last two weeks in an hour-long original play. The students created their own props, costumes, original characters, and one camper even kick started her playwriting career, writing one of the featured scenes.
The first session play, Flower Fairy Tales, was inspired by Alexa Kleinbard’s exhibit, Remedies, which opened April 19th. The exhibition features shaped, oil-on-panel paintings by the self-taught painter. A pundit of folk medicines and the environment, Kleinbard created richly colored pieces that focus on wild medicinal plants of the Southeast. Each painting seems to wildly dance throughout the gallery, which certainly enabled the campers to bring them to life on stage.
We cannot wait to see the show! Break a leg, y’all!
Check out these photos to see the hard work campers put in to make this play a success!
1,800 people visited the Ogden Saturday night during White Linen Night. Attendees donned their summer whites and danced to the music of Lightnin’ Malcom while they viewed the five new openings and took a break from the heat in the A.C. Saturday marked the official opening of the Education Gallery’s new exhibition Looking to Learn featuring the work of students from New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA). NOCCA offers its students a directed approach to exploring visual arts. Students are taught by both artist-teachers and visiting artists, exposing them to different art forms and keeping their minds open as they discover the type of artists they want to become. Looking to Learn is an ongoing education series curated by the Ogden that showcases student art, honoring the teaching of art throughout the area. A number of the NOCCA artists were present for the opening on Saturday night to see their work hanging in the museum. The exhibition will be up through September 2011.
Style ruled at the Ogden from July 18 through the 22nd, as aspiring young designers conceived, created, and put on an entire runway show in just a week. Working with New York-trained, New Orleans-based designer Veronica Cho, students aged 12 to 15 learned about the history of American fashion design before settling down to sketch out their own ideas. After a group critique, the scissors came out and the sewing machines started running, as students – many of whom had never held a needle and thread before – got to work bringing their concepts to colorful, wearable life. The camp culminated in Friday’s runway show, where campers – and some Ogden docents! – modeled their looks for parents, friends, and even some local fashion reporters. Watch it all unfold here!
Our second session of Southern Play Time art and drama camp at the Ogden just ended, and it went out with a bang — and a whole lot of confetti! This session, the campers worked with art teacher Gina Phillips and director Mikko to create a play showcasing children’s folk tales from Haiti. There was a magic fish, a competitive cat and dog, a very troublesome tiger and many more creative animal characters. The campers traded bright, beautiful animal costumes for headdresses and drums to round out the play with a Haitian Carnival — and some of the audience members in the front row went home covered in glitter!
This spring, thanks to a grant from the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Program, Warren Easton High School approached the Ogden about developing a way to combine science and art education. Our solution? Ceramics. Over the course of four after school visits to the Ogden, Warren Easton students worked with local ceramic artist Rashida Ferdinand, discussing the science of ceramics, from the chemical changes that clay and glazes go through as they are fired to the chemical makeup of different ceramic materials. After taking advantage of “Mark Hewitt: Big-Hearted Pots,” an exhibition of ceramic art then on view at the Ogden, students had the chance to put their artistic inspiration and new-found scientific knowledge together, creating their own works of ceramic art.
Our Teenage Docent program this summer includes five local high school students, all of whom receive a stipend provided by United Summer Grants to work at the Ogden through June and July. In addition to leading summer tours of the Ogden’s collection, Kayla, Drea, Kinmont, Alvin and Lionell are providing invaluable help as counselors at Summer Play Time this month. In July, they will work with a puppet artist to create their own puppet shows — based on works in the Ogden’s collection — which they will then use to provide local art outreach at libraries, schools, and other community centers. The opportunity to take private tours of museums and art galleries in the area rounds out an art-filled summer.
The Ogden’s second annual Summer Puppet Theater is out on the road, as our 2011 Teen Docents travel to libraries, schools and camps with a puppet show all about some of the Ogden’s most notable artwork. Working with local artist and puppeteer Karen Konnerth, the Teen Docents each chose a favorite painting from the museum and created a story — and whimsical puppets — based on the themes of the painting. The show, which includes six short performances, is a fun and accessible way for younger children to engage with the Ogden’s art, as skits including music, dancing and audience participation bring paintings to colorful, three-dimensional life. To find out where you can see a Summer Puppet Theater performance, or to book a show, contact Ellen Balkin at 504.539.9608 or firstname.lastname@example.org.