Once friends felt comfortable posing by themselves in front of their art group, we began doing partner poses! Children would get together in groups of two or three and make a plan for how they would stand, what they would do with their arms/legs, and how they could move their bodies in interesting ways. Friends had so much fun doing partner poses that it actually stretched for two weeks because of the excitement around it! See, figure drawing can be fun 🙂
Trebor: I can pose with Kwame. We can pose together!
Nayeli: It’s hard to model with a friend. It’s silly and I couldn’t stay still.
Sarah: I have an idea, you put your foot out and I’ll twist my leg. That’ll look cool.
Destynee: Two people at the same time? Oh, that’s why we need two stages!
Luke: Ayub, let’s pretend were calling each other.
After sharing with my family how enthusiastic friends were with figure printing on Gelli plates, my dad asked if he could come in and model for a few of the groups. Friends were SO excited to meet him, and couldn’t believe that he was an artist and an art teacher, too! He modeled alone, with partners, and even did some of his own prints while others were modeling.
Siena: You’re dad’s an artist? I’m an artist too!
Carlos: I saw an artist on TV, but it wasn’t your dad. It was a girl artist.
Fatima: Mr.Cushner and Ms.Cushner? Ha!
Zavier: He paints all day? Whoa!
Abigail: One day, I’m going to be a painter. I love art.
Zoe: I can’t fit his legs on the paper, he’s too tall.
Zeina: Don’t forget, he has glasses.