Earlier this week I received this email from Britta, a high school art teacher in St. Johns, Michigan:
I just wanted to email you and let you know that I used your blog as inspiration for my “Fundamentals of Art” class. I first saw your work in a magazine about blogs, I was inspired by your stencils and spray paint. ( I teach art in St. Johns, Michigan at of course, St. Johns High School. )
I made up a lesson plan about stencils, symmetry, asymmetry and of course, safe usage of spray paint. I had the class go to your blog and check out your work.
I think they did very well….and I wanted to share some with you, our inspiration.
That email and these resulting photos have been my hand’s down favorite correspondence from a total stranger since I began blogging. What an utterly cool surprise.
These stencil-based collages are pulsing with color and vitality. I love the narrative quality don’t you?
What an interesting class of thoughtful students. I’m struck by how visually expressive they are, how deeply they feel their lives and communicate their ideas.
I wonder if they keep visual journals? I will add more photos to this post as Britta sends them to me. In the meantime I’m going to keep staring at these compelling stencil portraits and wondering about the students who made them.
I bow to you, talented artists from St. Johns.