Students experience “McFadden Legacy” during Explorations Art Education program at Liberty Arts Gallery.
Siskiyou County grade-school students have been enthralled by the variety of techniques and subject matter displayed during the McFadden–Legacy exhibit showing at Liberty Arts Gallery in Yreka, Ca.
Many expressed awe at being able to use the very same ink-stamps Leon McFadden himself made, and used, to create some of his most spectacular and provocative pieces.
The vast scope of his inquiring and ingenious mind–demonstrated by the “Prometheus” cubes in the front windows, scale models, hand-colored diagrams, to the 40”x40” single eye of the “Liberty Project”–was not lost on this upcoming young generation.
They were fascinated to learn of his “extrusion” technique, which entails creating design, texture and mass by means of dispensing paint through various-sized nozzles, from the fineness of a hypodermic needle to the breadth of a cake decorator.
Their hands-on project was to create their own 10”x10” piece of art using many of Leon’s hundreds of handmade ink-stamps; an activity obviously enjoyed, as teachers found it near impossible to get their charges to finish up and leave the gallery!
We trust that Leon, with his interest in young people, would have been delighted to see how much the students have enjoyed experiencing his Legacy.
Text by Bee Soulé, Education Director, Liberty Arts
Photos by Kim Presley, Executive Director, Liberty Arts
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