Ronald McDonald House 08/22/15
It was such a joy to visit with the families of Ronald McDonald House. We got to sit around tables together on the beautiful outdoor terrace and paint and draw on hats until the stars came out. One little boy made a secret Batman, hidden beneath black paint, another got Big Bird looking out over him, a girl got her portrait drawn atop her own head, there were Spidey hats and SpongeBob caps and even Captain America swooped in to shield our heads from the sun.
Thank you to the House and the loving people inside it and to our trusty Ink Well artists: Ray Alma, Elana Amity, Sergey Aniskov, Joan Chiverton, Sangjun Chon, Drew Dernavich, Stefano Imbert, Abby Merrill, Tim Savage, and Elizabeth Winter.
Mount Sinai 08/19/15
We are so glad to get to draw with all of the kids in the hospital at once via our KidZone TV show. The kids are given art kits to draw along with us and can call in with questions and comments.
IWF Director, Elana Amity, moderated our show today, which was all about friendship in honor of National Friendship Day. Micheline Hess drew an octopus splashing and playing with his pals in the ocean and Elizabeth Winter united a lonely boy and a lonely alien after a wish on a star was granted.
New Alternatives for Children 08/01/15
We had it in the bag on this one. The kids used stencils, fabric markers, tempera, even glow in the dark paint to design their very own totes. One boy focused the entire time on building the perfect Minecraft world, composed of blocks, creepers, zombies and Steve in the middle of it all. NAC staff member, Stuart Davis, made a lush tropical tote, full of hibiscus. A young girl explored nuance and definition by writing the word Darkness and surrounding it with brushes of light color, beautiful concept. Another honored her favorite musicians, The Fresh Beat Band, by drawing each member in brilliant neon costumes.
Thank you so much, kids, for sharing your day, and thank you to our volunteers: Sangjun Chon, Barbara Garrison, Oded Naaman, Tim Savage and Elizabeth Winter!