Open Studios Inspiration, part 2: Happy Reunions

A couple of weeks ago, we shared the story of a child’s sidewalk chalk drawing that Henry Olds transformed into a work of “Pattern Play” art, and we then selected to be the iconic image for Arlington Open Studios 2011.

We had the chance to catch up with chalk artist Leah Lombardi and photographer Henry Olds during Open Studios weekend, when they reunited at Open Studios to celebrate their unique creative collaboration.

Leah and Henry at Arlington Open Studios

We first caught up with Leah and her family in the Gibbs Gallery, where Henry’s photograph was on display as part of the Open Studios group exhibition.  Leah was thrilled to be known as the creative inspiration behind Henry’s work, and to see the piece on display in a real gallery!

As we talked, we discovered that Leah and her friend Sara had both taken classes at ACA, and especially loved their “Art Explorers” class with Pam Shanley, ACA’s Open Studios Director, Facilities Manager, and popular art teacher.  It was another happy reunion at Arlington Open Studios!

Sara, Pam and Leah - students and teacher reunited at Arlington Open Studios

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Your child can be an “Art Explorer”

An Art Explorers student with his self portrait in the Gibbs Gallery

Can’t decide between drawing or sculpture class? Does your child love all kinds of art making? Try Art Explorers! We explore many different kinds of art techniques including painting, drawing, clay and lots more.

Taught by the popular and imaginative Pam Shanley, kids will learn basic art concepts like texture, line, color and shape while creating fun and stimulating projects based on topics that make them think.

Each week, the Art Explorers visit ACA’s Gibbs Gallery downstairs, to see what’s on display.  Drawing inspiration from what we see and learn in the gallery, we return to our classroom to make art of our own.

Art Explorers with Pam Shanley
8 Thursdays, 3:30 – 5:30pm
September 27-November 11, 2012
$180 (ACA members) $195 (nonmembers)
Register online or call (781) 648-6220

Self portrait projects, Art Explorers in the Gallery showing off their completed work

Art Explorers project – full body masks!