Social Art Studio’s Big Thought: How we partnered with Zoёs Kitchen to enrich the dining experience with art and benefit a children’s non-profit
Twenty kids from ages four to thirteen joined me at Social Art Studio to create juicy summer paintings for Zoёs Kitchen Summer Art Program. We completed our first session on Mother’s Day and conducted a follow-up session one week later. The studio was filled with shiny mood and radiant smiles. Kids at Social Art Studio were so happy to express their creative vision to help children from Big Thought program!
Children’s paintings are now displayed at Zoёs Kitchen on 6025 Royal Lane, Ste. 104 in Dallas and are available for sale. Each painting cost $20. All proceeds will benefit Big Thought, one of the nation’s leading nonprofits focused on building partnerships that allow all children access to quality learning opportunities. To learn more about Big Thought, please, check www.bigthought.org
We had a lot of fun at the Social Art Studio last Saturday. I taught a workshop on how to paint a famous painting by Gustav Klimt, The Kiss. I loved it! Klimt is one of my favorite artists. I saw his original artwork in Belvedere Palace in Vienna, Austria a few years ago, and I was blown away. Klimt used real gold and silverin some of his paintings, including the Kiss.
His father, Ernst Klimt, was a gold engraver. He immigrated to Austria from Bohemia (now Czech Republic). Klimt lived in poverty for most of his childhood, as work was scarce and economic advancement was difficult for immigrants. However, Gustav Klimt displayed artistic talent early on, and he was awarded a scholarship to the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts when he was 14 years old. He received training as an architectural painter and became a muralist. He won several major awards and had received numerous commissions for public art in Vienna.
According to some biographers, the Kiss is a self-portrait of Klimt and his companion Emilie Louise Flöge, an Austrian fashion designer and businesswoman. When he painted The Kiss, Klimt was 45 and still lived at home with his mother and two unmarried sisters - but behind the respectable facade he was a man with a ferocious sexual appetite. Klimt fathered at least three illegitimate children and probably many more. He was obsessed by women and he had a fixation with redheads. It is no surprise that the woman in The Kiss has red hair.
I am excited to announce that I will be teaching art workshops at Social Art Studio every Saturday from 2 till 5 pm. Social Art Studio is a fun, energetic place to come with friends, a date, family or alone and create a masterpiece. It is nothing like a regular art school. There are no grades and no pressure. Instead, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by a fun atmosphere, wine, cheese and lots of laughter.
This Friday was a grand opening of the studio. Below, are some pictures from Friday night.
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