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Artspace Summer Arts Program Teaching Artist: Lena Corter

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 Lena Corter, who is teaching three classes for kids this summer.

CorterforLin1) When did you know you wanted to be an artist when you grew up?

I always knew I was an artist from as long as I can remember, even before I found out it could be a job when I grew up. I think it was because I loved doing it- the way finger paint colors would mix together or the way a crayon could leave a trail across a fresh piece of paper recording how your hand moved. Unfortunately, I lost that joy and confidence when I hit adolescence, a time of insecurities and self-doubt. Later, I found my way back to art making, but it was a struggle. I think that’s one reason I really enjoy working with this age group to see if we can work past the negative voices in our heads and find the fun.

2) What inspires you most about working with kids?

My students always surprise, amuse and inspire me. Once, a student in a sculpture casting class made a plaster cast of his foot, but switched out his toes with his fingers. It was funny and kind of creepy too. I loved witnessing that leap of creativity! I like to provide the raw materials of idea and vocabulary and watch my students experience their own expressive power.

Lena working on a project with students.

Lena working on a project with students.

3) What are you most excited about this summer?

I’m very excited to be at Artspace this summer and looking forward to meeting a crop of young artists. Although I’m new to the program, I already appreciate the wonderful support structure at Artspace in putting together an awesome experience for students, parents and teachers.

Lena is teaching three week-long youth classes this summer.  Click the links below to find out more information and register for classes.

Mixed Media: The Memory Box for 6th – 8th grades – July 13-17 – Transform your memories into compelling works of mixed media art. Students will learn about the work of Joseph Cornell and create their own memory boxes to “contain” the places, people, travels and experiences of their lives.

Learning to See and Draw for 6th – 8th grades – August 3-7 – Go with the flow. Draw to music. Figure out the mysteries of drawing faces! Experiment with lines, play drawing games: all of these things will help you really SEE as you DRAW!

Mixed Media: The Memory Box for 7th – 10th grades – August 3-7 – Transform your memories into compelling works of mixed media art. Students will learn about the work of Joseph Cornell and create their own memory boxes to “contain” the places, people, travels and experiences of their lives.

 

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