Monday, March 28, 2011

Final Week 8, by: Sydney Petty

Last Week our team spent the week continuing to paint the mural  so we meet our deadline of April 1st.
    This week, our time is going to be spent accomplishing the following:
    • Giving The Mural Its Finishing Touches
    • Sealing The Mural
    • Packing up the mural panels to be photographed and for our FREE UNVEILING EVENT on Saturday, April 2nd @ 11:30 am.
      • Location = Chic Lounge, 131 N. Jackson Street
      • Appetizers and Soft drinks will be served
      • Meet the artists and see the beautiful mural for the Franklin Square Apartments in the Lindsay Heights neighborhood.
    The employment skills we will be practicing this week are:
    • Communication and collaboration
    • Initiation and self direction
     This is our last week working as an Artworks Interns. I'm really going to miss working with the people I worked with, I really enjoy myself here. I worked with some great young people and the best artist ever! The program is not how I thought it would be. This is the best job I have ever had!

    Monday, March 21, 2011

    Week 7: By Naomi Tabor

    Last week we accomplished the following:
    1. Spent 1 hour with  our Career Coaches to cover our 3rd Topic
    2. Finished half-tone shadows & darks
    3. Began blocking foreground shadows & darks
    4. Continued foreground & darks
    Employability Skills Practiced:
    • Giving & Receiving Feedback
    • Communication & Collaboration
    • Professionalism
    • Creativity & Innovation
    • Initiative & Self-Direction
    Task we will accomplish this week:
    1. We will be add to our blog so that you the viewer will know whats going on this week
    2. Continue whites & highlights
    3. Finish whites & highlights
    4. Rework background foundation
    5. Finish background
    6. Begin clean-up & final touches
    7. Continue clean-up & finals
    8. Finish clean-up & finals
    9. Critique & viewing with Melissa
    Employability Skills We Will Practice:
    • Communication & Collaboration
    • Professionalism
    • Creativity & Innovation
    • Initiation & Self-Direction
    Personal Thoughts:
    My exprience at Artworks taught me more about painting and drawing. I met some very nice people. I would like to keep continuning doing art in the future...

    Friday, March 18, 2011

    Unveiling Event Announced! Join Us April 2nd!

                     You are cordially invited to the unveiling of:
    Purpose, Persistence, Prosperity
    A Community Mural for
    Franklin Square Apartments

    Sponsored by:
    Maures Development Group, LLC
    Brinshore Development, L.L.C.

    When?   Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 11:30 am
    Where?  Chic Lounge, 131 N. Jackson Street
       (Across the street from the Italian Community Center)
         Free Appetizers & Soft Drinks will be served

      Come see the new mural and speak 
    with the artists!

    Mural Design By:
    Lead Artist Ras’Ammar Nsoroma
    & ArtWorks Interns from Lindsay Heights

    Wednesday, March 16, 2011

    Week 6: By:Tevin Brown

    Last week we accomplished the following tasks:
    1. Spent an hour with our Career coach to cover our 2nd topic
    2. Blocked in flats in the foreground areas
    3. Continued blocking rest of mural
    The employability skills practiced last week:
    • Communication & Collaboration
    • Professionalism
    • Creativity & Innovation
    We will receive informal performance feedback from our Lead Artist
    We will continue creating a blog to keep you the viewer updated

    Tasks we will be completing this week.
    1. Spend 1 hour with our Career Coach to cover our 3rd Topic
    2. Finish half-tone shadows & darks
    3. Continue foreground shadows & darks
    4. Finish foreground shadows & darks
    5. Begin molding, mixing, & adding texture to foreground
    6. Continue molding, mixing & texture
    7. Begin adding whites & highlights
    The employability skills we will practice this week:
    • Giving & Receiving Feedback
    • Communication & Collaboration
    • Professionalism
    • Creativity & Innovation
    • Initiative &Self-Direction
    Personal feedback:
    Im Tevin Brown, an Intern at Artwork and I have learned so many employability skills in just these six weeks of work. I am also learning new art skills. We're mixing colors, trying new tones, and shading, all of these things are new to me and I'm just going to enjoy learning new things and doing new things.This is a good experince and I'm going to take advantage of it.

    Wednesday, March 9, 2011

    Week 5: By Quincy Adams

    Last week our team accomplished the following tasks:
    1. Reviewed painting techniques/paint in half-tones.
    2. Continued painting half-tones
    3. Finished painting half-tones and background images
    Employability skills practiced:
    • Preparedness
    • Creativity & innovation
     This week we will accomplish these things:
    1. Upgrade the blog so you the readers will know what's going on at Artworks.
    2. Spend 1 hour with our career couch to cover our second topic.
    3. Begin blocking in flats in foreground areas of the mural.
    4. Begin outlining foreground images with black paint.
    5. Continue outlining the edges of the paintings.
    6. Finish outlining foreground images with black paint.
    7. Begin blocking in half-tone shadows & darks in background
    8. Continue blocking half-tones in background images
    Employability skills practiced:
    • Communcation & Collaboration
    • Professionalism
    • Creativity & Innovation
    Personal Feedback:
    I enjoy working with Artworks For Milwaukee. I feel they are preparing me to be the best employee that I can be. I have never painted a mural before and thought it would be more challenging than it actually is. One thing that is more difficult than I expected is taking criticism. But I understand the importance of being a team player.

    Feedback From The Lead Artist `Ammar Nsoroma:
    The project is going great so far. We are past the minor obstacles  like coming up with ideas to sketch  and we are progressing steadily now. We are working on painting in the images and the mural is coming together although is still in the "underwear stages." The team members are growing in their understanding of mural work and it is good to see.

    Friday, March 4, 2011

    Week 3 by: Shontavius Willaby

    The tasks we completed last week:
    1. We updated our program blog, which helped us practice professional communication skills
    2. We had  formal performance evaluations, which helped us practice giving & receiving feedback
    3. We spent 1 hour with our career coach to cover our 1st topic, which helped us practiced  communication & collaboration, preparedness and professionalism skills.
    4. We finished painting foundation layers on all the mural panels
    5. We began to transfer image outlines to the panels
    6. We continued to draw outlines on boards (tasks 4-6 helped us practice project management skills)

    This week, we will accomplish the following tasks:
    1. We will make any needed corrections to mural panel outlines
    2. We will finalize drawings for mural
    3. We will mix half-tone colors for background images

    The employment skills we will be practicing this week are:
    • Communication & Collaboration
    • Critical thinking & Problem solving
    • Preparedness
    Personal feedback:
    This program has changed me a lot. It's very interesting. I thought we were only going to be painting everyday but instead we have all kinds of tasks to do each day like painting, sketching and drawing (etc). I didn't expect the mural to come out the way it has so far -- we are all working together to hopefully have it done the right way in 8 weeks. I'm so happy to be a part of something this wonderful. I'm excited to be working with my Lead Artist -- he has really encouraged me to push myself harder everyday.

    Wednesday, February 23, 2011

    Week 2 By Demond Sims-Harris

    Last week, our team accomplished the following:

    1. We worked on design skills,which allowed us to practice creative & innovation skills by creating the sketches

    2.We did more brainstorming  and sketching for images,which allowed us to practice critical thinking and problem solving skills

    3. We researched images for murals, which allowed us to practice initiative & self-direction

    This week, our team  is going to accomplish the following:

    1.  We must prepare to get ourselves to and from Manpower, Inc. for our Career Coaching Kick-Off, which  allows us to practice preparedness skills.

    2. We will also meet our career coaches and will learn about our marketing ourselves and our work skills

    3.The last thing we will practice is professionalism and communication skills when we work with our Coaches.

    Personal Feedback:

    My perspective of this program, is really excellent so far... there has been no problem...I thought we were only going to paint everyday, but instead we are doing all kinds of jobs tasks like taking out garbage everyday. The most difficult problem i have with ArtWorks is to enjoy my art because I do not feel confident about it. Like when I am painting or sketching, its a little bit difficult, because I don't always have any ideas or comments to say.

    Tuesday, February 15, 2011

    The first pictures are in!

      Lead Artist Ras'Ammar Nsoroma discusses mural terminology and various techniques he's used for past murals. I suspect that our interns expected to begin painting right off the bat, but instead we're teaching them key information they will need to know to create the best possible mural for the Maures Development Group, LLC. They will begin designing mural concepts later on this week.
    Every ArtWorks program requires the interns to report their progress on a weekly basis using an online blog (like the one you're reading!) In this photo, Interns Sydney, Kim, and Danielle add information to the first blog of the programming cycle.
    ArtWorks interns are provided with a weekly work plan that details the tasks and employability skills they will accomplish and practice during each work shift. In this photo. Intern Tevin reviews his weekly work plan to help the team plan out what information to include in the blog.

    Monday, February 14, 2011

    Week 1:By Sydney Petty

    Last Week, our team accomplished the following:
    • We had an orientation and we were introduced to the program, new people, and our workplace.We practiced employment skills such as social,culture,communication,and collaboration.
    • We had to turn paperwork and we had to meet deadlines.
    • We did goal setting exercise which allowed us to work toward proper job skills.
    • We were also introduced to mural vocabulary and artistic techniques.
    This week, our time is going to accomplish the following:
    • We will receive informal feedback from our lead artist preparing us for criticism.
    • We will be developing drawing and design skills
    • We will brainstorm visual images.
    The employment skills we will be practicing this week are:
    • Communication and collaboration
    • Preparedness
    • Critical thinking and problem solving
    • Initiation and self direction
    The mural project is a lot different from what i expected. I didn't think that i would be working with somebody who does such great quality of work as our lead artist does. Our lead artist created the "FREE JOSHUA GLOVER" Mural right Off the highway, and personally I think that's one of the best murals ever! I don't think nothing is too easy or to hard. The mural project we will be developing over the next 8 weeks with our lead artist, I just think all of it is hard work and dedication.

    Wednesday, February 2, 2011

    Congratulations to the Franklin Square Mural Interns!

    Tevin B,
    Clea B,
    Sydney P,
    Shontavius W,
    Naomi T,
    Quincy A,
    Jeremiah W,
    and Demond S.

    All interns had to have strong ties to the Lindsay Heights neighborhood (live there/go to school there.) Over 40 applications were received for these coveted jobs! We can't wait to get get to work!