SchoolArts Magazine

March 2017

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26 MARCH 2017 SchoolArts Y ou know how it goes. The moment you introduce your students to a new artist, the first question is, "Is that artist still alive?" which is usually followed by, "Do you know that artist?" After answering "No" to that question one too many times, I decided to share artists that I could answer, "Yes!" to. With that new notion in mind, I came up with the idea of taking my students on virtual field trips to the studios of local artists. So far, we've "traveled" to a folk artist's home, a book illustrator's studio, and, most recently, the home and studio of Nashville artist Camilla Spadafino. Meeting an Artist Camilla is an art teacher at the Nashville School for the Arts. She has also created a series of portraits of friends and family who reside in her neighborhood. These portraits have been reproduced in a delightful coloring book as well as on brightly painted canvases. I had heard about Camilla through many mutual art teacher friends who told me about her talents both as an artist and a teacher. When I sent her an e-mail with my request for a recorded inter - view, she happily agreed. Because Camilla is a teacher, she did a wonderful job explaining her Cassie Stephens I came up with the idea of taking m tudents on virtual field trips to the studios of local artists. A L L L E V E L S INTRODUCING STUDENTS TO LOCAL ARTISTS In this portrait, you can see the detail Camilla dedicates to learning about her subject. The background of her portraits always showcases the interests and passions of the sitter as well as their hopes and dreams for the future.

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