I initiated a long-term project with
my art students, whereby we made homemade, DIY art journals, and worked
in them throughout the year. I then embarked on a project to
create a guest entry into each one of my students' journals. For this particular student, a
middle school-aged girl who happens to be a hijab-wearing Muslim, I
wanted to be sure to paint something for her that would be both
respectful and culturally sensitive. Being as that she and her mother
were both taken with a Rock Person I once painted as an entry for an EBSQ exhibit
, the theme of which was '1001 Nights', an idea popped into my head.
I had entered a little portrait of the famous "Scheherazod", painted on
a wee rock that had been sitting about my studio for years
went on to receive 'Patron's Mention' in the show) -- and later brought
to art class to show my students. Remembering what a hit it was with
this particular student and her family, I decided to create a vibrant,
mixed media art journal entry for her based on my little rock
Scheherazade The Rock that inspired the Art Journal Piece
Scheherazod photographed with camera flash, demonstrating how sparkly it is
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