Youth Arts Month

Release Date: March 27, 2014

by Tony Choate

“A kid collaboration mural” will be unveiled during a Youth Arts Month celebration.

The event, set 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 29 at the Chickasaw Nation Community center, will also include martial arts demonstrations, a performance by the Chickasaw Children’s Choir and the announcement of Anoli Award winners from the Anoli Creative Writing Contest that took place at the beginning of the year.

There will also be an award given for the best booth present.

The “kid collaboration mural” was created by Ms. Erin Shaw who was inspired by her seven-year-old son, Samuel.

She began by asking each student to bring their favorite toy to class and describe it to her.  After going around the table, Ms. Shaw and the students began to use their imagination to create a story involving all the toys. While creating the story the students began to draw their toys.

When the drawings were completed the students gave each one to the teacher. Ms. Shaw then took each drawing and placed it on a projector and projected the artwork onto a canvas to trace and create a mural of all the drawings.

“I use a projector to make sure I get all the details and recreate the artwork exactly like each student,” she said.

Class finished with an art lesson using cookies and frosting. Ms. Shaw taught each student how to create any color on the color wheel by mixing just three colors, red, blue and yellow.

Erin Shaw is an artist and visual storyteller. She recently worked with students ages six through eight at the Chickasaw Nation Arts & Humanities building.

For more information regarding Youth Arts Month please contact Laura Stewart, Fine Arts Director

Last Updated: 10/20/2014