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Artspace Summer Arts Program Teaching Artist: Keith Norval

Spotlight on Artspace’s Teaching Artists

At the Artspace Summer Arts Program, each class is taught by creative, fun and talented artists. Follow along as they tell you a bit more about who they are and what they do.

Find out more about Keith Norval, an Artspace Studio Artist who is teaching three classes at the Artspace Summer Arts Program this summer.

1) When did you know you wanted to be an artist when you grew up?

I knew I wanted to be an artist at a young age. I vividly remember a pig drawing from third grade and erasing and drawing the snout. I got a special stamp from the headmaster, which was my first artistic recognition. By sixth grade I was set on becoming a cartoonist. In high school, drew comics and illustrations for the the school newspaper and took as many art classes as possible. I give a lot of credit to my art teachers- Carol Peace, Brenda Springfield and Dianne Syke – for inspiring and encouraging me.

have shell will travel by Keith Norval

Have Shell Will Travel by Keith Norval

2) What inspires you most about working with kids? 

Keith Norval class at Artspace Summer Arts Program

Students in Keith’s Large Scale Animal Sculpture class.

Working with kids you never know what they will come up with. I have had kids draw entire comics and create hybrid animals, as well as working with their own characters. I love the look of excitement they have when they finish their creations and they can take them home.

3) What is your favorite thing about teaching at Artspace? What are you most excited about this summer?

My favorite thing about teaching at Artspace is the kids. They are full of ideas and enthusiasm. My other favorite thing is when the come back later to visit me and tell me they are in college now and how much they enjoyed my class when they were younger.

Keith is teaching three classes at Artspace this summer. Find out more and register now!

Cityscape Mural Painting for 7th – 10th grades – June 15 – 19 – During this interactive class, students will be immersed in the styles and techniques of mural painting. Working as team, the class will create a collaborative mural based on a cityscape theme.

Big Animal Sculpture for 3rd – 5th grades – June 22 – 26 – Bring the animals of your imagination to life! Students will build large scale-animal sculpture using newspaper, masking tape, cardboard, plaster and acrylic paint. Subjects can include pets, wild animals or fantasy animals.

Character Creations for 3rd – 5th grades – July 6 – 10 – Create a “cast of characters,” select your favorites and the use these characters to create works of art using a variety of materials and techniques.

Find out more about Keith and his artwork: www.keithnorval.com

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