Art Now

Beyond Painting: Expression through Materials.

The focus of today was materials, what artists are using in contemporary art and how it’s preserved. After our expert guest speakers on the subject, Mathew Nichols, delighted us with his lecture, we traveled to Queens for a peek inside Materials for the Arts. Materials for the Arts is a reuse center that collects supplies from various companies, individuals, movie sets, etc… and works with nonprofit organizations and schools to get people to make art using these leftover goods. They also bring in artists to get creative with their extensive collection of supplies. We took a tour of the building, including the gallery, artist’s studio, classrooms, and warehouse. Then, students had the opportunity to give new life to some of the materials themselves. Students created all different types of masterpieces with water bottles! Some of them became very creative!