Sunday, April 22, 2018

Indivisible: Kristine Hatanaka's high school art class

I am so pleased to post square number 102 created by Grace, a student from Kristine Hatanaka's art class from Culver City High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts:

 Pencil, pen and marker on paper, 2018.

The image shows one winged figure (perhaps an angel) holding out a bandage to another winged figure who appears to have an injured wing.  The writing above says, "Who are we to ignore the suffering of others?"  Indeed.  Grace's image is so appropriate for our times. Empathy and compassion are two of the most important qualities that demonstrate our humanity.

Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project.  

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Indivisible: Moorpark College Art Gallery

I am so proud that the Indivisible Project was presented at the Moorpark College Art Gallery!  Professor Erika Lizée and her Gallery Practice Class hung all 155 squares in the gallery space.  The students also took part in the project and created their own squares which were showcased on a nearby walls.  (I will post their works individually soon.) The project was presented as part of their Multicultural Day celebration. See some of the photos below for the installation, and many thanks to Professor Lizée and her incredible class!







Saturday, March 24, 2018

Indivisible: Kristine Hatanaka's high school art class

I am so pleased to post square number 101 created by Michelle, a student from Kristine Hatanaka's art class from Culver City High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts:


 Colored pencil on paper.

As the March for Our Lives event is happening, Michelle's image seemed a very appropriate and timely one to post.  Note the signs in the background: "Yo Soy Un Dreamer" and what appears to be a "DACA" sign. I hope everyone chooses to be socially aware and civiclly minded, supporting these very loud and powerful young voices that are pushing and propelling us forward.

Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Indivisible: Kristine Hatanaka's high school art class

I am happy to post square number 100 created by Annabel, a student from Kristine Hatanaka's art class from Culver City High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts:


 Painting on paper, 2018.

This beautiful portrait is of the actress and social activist Yara Shahidi.  She has been in film and television since she was 6 years old; she is most popularly known as the character "Zoey," from the sitcom Black-ish. You can read an interview with her from 2016 here and here.

I think it is clear from this wonderful painting that the artist has a lot of respect for this young woman and her accomplishments.

Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project.  

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Indivisible: Kristine Hatanaka's high school art class

I am thrilled to share square number 99 created by Willow, a student from Kristine Hatanaka's art class from Culver City High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts:


Paint, ink on paper.

I love the light or sunshine under the umbrella, casting a warm glow over the figure as he/she makes their way through a gray, rainy environment.  The light acts as a small ray of hope - which can be seen as a positive visual metaphor considering our current politics and attitudes in regard to our country's recent events.  

(And this image currently mirrors our weather Los Angeles weather, too.)

Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project.  

Monday, March 19, 2018

Indivisible: Kristine Hatanaka's high school art class

I am very happy to share square number 98 created by Brendan, a student from Kristine Hatanaka's art class from Culver City High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts:


 Pencil on paper.

This poignant work is a good example of the negative thought processes we all go through, but this is especially true of young people - mentally beating up on oneself, tearing oneself down, feeling isolated from the world.  But the work is balanced by the hopeful, supportive words on the left side of the drawing: "You've got this!"  "We're here for you!" "Don't give up!" "Keep going!"

Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project.  

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Indivisible: Kristine Hatanaka's high school art class

So happy to post square number 97, created by Cynthia, a student from Kristine Hatanaka's art class from Culver City High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts:

 Colored pencil and marker on paper.

This piece is a perfect example of the rising student voices in the media recently.  Listen to to the children - they know of what they speak! 

Please keep sending your squares to the Indivisible Project