Stage III Art Blog

Stage III Art Opening at the Bottomless Toy Chest

Stage III Artists Create Art for the Bottomless Toy Chest

Ben P.S. creates a vibrant and fun painting of a minion for our Stage III Bottomless Toy Chest art installation.  

Ben P.S. creates a vibrant and fun painting of a minion for our Stage III Bottomless Toy Chest art installation.  

           We thank Bonnie Schemm for designing and sending out our beautiful invitations for the upcoming Bottomless Toy Chest opening. Our Stage III artists have created some joyful pieces! Here are a few words from the children about this organization:

" I really like the Bottomless Toy Chest because now there is a way we can help get kids' minds off their cancer - so they can have the experience of playing with toys." - Cameryn

" Well, I think the Bottomless Toy Chest is a great community service. I'm grateful to them for working so hard to bring toys to sick kids. They can be happy playing instead of sad and scared." - Maureen

Cosey creates a whimsical and fun stuffed animal in this beautifully painted piece. 

Inspired by her mom, Maureen paints this expressive rendering of Raggady Ann.

Inspired by her mom, Maureen paints this expressive rendering of Raggady Ann.

Jane recreates a much loved toy from her mother's childhood in her vibrant painting.

Jane recreates a much loved toy from her mother's childhood in her vibrant painting.

Luke S. shows us that art can be joyful! There is an easel within an easel within....

Luke S. shows us that art can be joyful! There is an easel within an easel within....

Vaughn creates a dynamic version of a favorite game - Candy Land.

Vaughn creates a dynamic version of a favorite game - Candy Land.

Dayna's joyful playroom reflects her love of toys AND art!

Dayna's joyful playroom reflects her love of toys AND art!

Lucas B.'s sense of humor and his enthusiasm  for his team are reflected in this fanciful painting. 

Lucas B.'s sense of humor and his enthusiasm  for his team are reflected in this fanciful painting. 

Frida and Diego

         Inspired by the ways Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera incorporated their strong beliefs into their art, each artist in this class created a piece with a message. The Detroit Industry murals we examined and enjoyed at the DIA were particularly inspiring. Rivera was clearly passionate about the the rights of workers, the interconnectedness of the North and South and the benefits and challenges of our industrial world. Children in this class were most thoughtful as they considered and decided on themes for their work. They are on display in the Steward Building. Our Frida and Diego elective class ended with an "Art Lunch" filled with Mexican music and pastries. We had pumpkin empenadas, Mexican Flag cookies, biscochitos and more!

Andrew hopes that no one will hunt wolves again in Michigan.

Andrew hopes that no one will hunt wolves again in Michigan.

Lily feels strongly that horses should be treated with respect.

Lily feels strongly that horses should be treated with respect.

Elyse captures the spirit and freshness of the season with her painting of flowers during our still life study. 

Elyse captures the spirit and freshness of the season with her painting of flowers during our still life study. 

We chose our "Art Lunch" desserts from this Diego Rivera designed plate!

We chose our "Art Lunch" desserts from this Diego Rivera designed plate!