On the 3rd floor landing, the DIA DE LOS MUERTOS exhibit is coming down to make room for HOUSES. VESSELS will be featured on the 2nd floor landing.
VESSELS and HOUSES are exhibits of ceramic works made of paper clay.
You may have seen paper clay in your local arts and crafts store. That paper clay is generally for air drying. That’s all good, but the EC artists need a lot of material, so we can experiment. We made our paper clay for firing in the kiln, from a combination of our regular firing clay and a cellulose paper product. It was a job and a half to make, but Kristine, our Clay/Ceramic Arts Teacher, was on it!
VESSELS started as balloons dipped in paper clay slip. It was a tedious process of dipping and drying… and dipping and drying… and dipping and—well you get the idea. Layer by layer, day after day, Continue reading →
The Enrichment Center occupies a healthy section of the 3rd floor of the Merced Multicultural Arts Center. As the resident arts program, we manage the “gallery” space on the 3rd floor. We try to change the exhibited artists to coincide with the changing exhibits in the actual public galleries on the 1st and 2nd floors. This season, we are featuring the work of Carolina Mendez, who just recently left the program, Denise Saelee, Koi Saechao, and a multi-artist tribute to Vincent Van Gogh in reproduction. These are short video tours of the featured work:
Koi Saechao has been an artist with the Enrichment Center for 8 years. When teachers ask her what color she wants to begin her palette, Koi always begins with “green”. Each additional color she asks for is also “green”. This might seem like a limitation– a one color palette, but it is not. Everything can be green with some color adjustment.
When Koi is beginning a new canvas, the visual arts teachers mix various shades of green in acrylic. Koi gets a brush, a cup of water, an apron, and she paints. She does not look at her canvas while she works, instead chatting with and making observations of the people around her.
Koi’s explorations in green paint are being featured on the 3rd floor landing of the Multicultural Arts Center.
In the case below, the clay/ceramics’ class is displaying “Birds & Nests”.