"MUSIC MAKES PEOPLE MORE BEAUTIFUL"
Declares this wooden plaque. I submitted this for a Sparta Art Contest back in 2015. Combining colors and patterns on each clarinet key and letter on the plaque, using old nail polish, of all things, was a fun outlet for my visual creativity.
I received 2nd place in the adult multi media division.
But even more, this was the seed of an enterprise which I have been able to explore even more in 2018 and going forward into 2019.
I found a wholesaler in Maine to supply broken instruments, which cannot be repaired, to "art" with. Clarinets, flutes, and trumpets: all in various conditions. The wholesale clarinets I recently bought are all missing mouthpieces, so I am going to attempt to create lamps from them.
I also had this wonderful tuba character donated by a music friend here in Grand Rapids this past summer. So far, I've only designed and primed it. I expect, due to the surface area, the tuba will take some time to complete.
Here, I am currently working on my first flute. In the process, I first sketch out color and design ideas. Then I disassemble joint by joint, and paint each part of the body and key separately. There are often several layers, and steps in painting/drying for each key.
The slideshow below details the finished clarinet I art-ted fall 2018. I used oil paints, craft beads, and oil paint markers for the details.
What do you think? Do you have ideas for designs/color schemes I could use?
Do you have an old instrument you'd like me to transform for you?
I'd love to hear from you in the comments!
December 1, at St. Luke's Lutheran church on the NE side of Grand Rapids saw an educational afternoon with a dozen students and their families. The program was designed around the "Elements of Music", with demonstrations and performances from the students, as I gave commentary to fit everything together. We learned about pitch, rhythm, tempo, dynamics, articulation, and heard a variety of instruments and voice.
I was thinking along the lines of Exploring Music with Bill McLaughlin, heard on Blue Lake Public Radio here in the West Michigan area. (weekdays at noon and 7 pm, if you're interested) I highly recommend listening with your families whenever possible!
This recent recital was the culmination of our fall studies, and a great success! I believe my students enjoyed it as much as I did. I know the audience was appreciative, as many positive comments were made at our reception following.
Session Two will focus on how a performer presents themselves and their pieces. Audience communication through music and sensitivity to intention of composer are included. I look forward to continuing to develop musical understanding with my students.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Kwanzaa to all!
I'll see you all in January!
There are still a few openings for Session Two. Look under my tab "private lessons", above for details.