Tonight I brought one of my very artistically inclined students, Jamal, to live paint with me at the Community Works fundraiser. Jamal has never had an art class before this year, but he loves anime cartoons and has been exploring different drawing styles. On our way to the fundraiser he said “I’m nervous about painting in front of a crowd, but I think this could make me really famous — Like Jean Michel Basquiat!”

The subject matter I chose was our school, Arise Academy. We used a reference photo of the building, and I asked Jamal to think of imaginative elements for the background. He chose the sunshine logo that the students sport on their uniforms. We painted side by side on easels (his first time using one) and inspired each other’s work. A jazz band played close to us and fed the creative vibe. Look at the results!

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