Guest Artists

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 Beth Johnston :: Graphic Designer

Our first guest artist this year is Beth Johnston. Beth is a graphic designer working as an art director at a company in Madison. Here is her website if you'd like to see some of her work. The fourth graders watched this mini-interview before embarking on some graphic design work using photos they took during a photography lesson. 

Here's some more information about Beth!

What is your favorite color?
It's a tie between lime green and mustard yellow.

What is your favorite medium to work with? Why?
I like working in digital media and also drawing in my sketchpad. I like to make things right on my computer screen

If you could meet one famous artist, who would it be and why? 
I would like to meet Frida Kahlo. She had a really neat way of bringing her life experiences into her artwork.

Which piece of art are you most proud of? Why?
I am most proud of the work I did for helpHOPElive, because my design is making a difference in peoples' lives. 
Does your job relate to your artwork? If so, how? 
Yes! I make art all day long for local businesses and non-profits. I help them tell their stories. 

Thanks Beth!!

Brenda Baker :: Painter and Sculptor 
Director of Exhibits at the Madison Children's Museum 

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Our second Guest Artist this year is Brenda Baker, a painter and sculptor that lives in Madison, WI. Brenda is also the Director of Exhibits at the Madison Children's Museum, so she gets to be creative every day! Read on to learn more about Brenda, and watch the video above to see how she handles making mistakes. 

What is your favorite color?
My favorite color is green, but I really don’t like all shades of green.  I love the colors of the forest, grass, trees, etc. but not drab olive green or kelly green.



If you could meet one famous artist, who would it be and why?

If I could meet one famous artist it would be Franz Kline, but he died a long time ago, so that isn’t possible.  Franz Kline was an abstract expressionist painter who used primarily black and white in his paintings. I really like the energy in the lines that he makes.  It’s crazy how a line can either be calming or loud or energetic.  His marks have a lot of energy and give his work feeling.  I have already met one of my other favorite artists, Louise Bourgeois, when she was 90 years old, and it was a true highlight for me.



What is your favorite media to work with?

I like working with lots of mediums—but especially painting with acrylic paint and melted beeswax on wood, or working with natural materials like wood and willow branches when I make outdoor sculptures.



Which piece are you most proud of and why?

I am usually most proud of the piece that I have just finished, if it came from a place of true unpredictability.  I like working when I don’t know what the final piece will look like, but it emerges over time. I don’t have one piece that I am most proud of, but like different pieces for different reasons.  I like my willow sculptures because they are collaborative and involve lots of different hands to make them because they are so big.



Do you use your art skills at your job? If yes, how so?

I do use my art skills in my job each and every day!  I work at Madison Children’s Museum designing and building exhibits, and working with other artists and creative people to make all of the interesting things that you would see and play with at the Children’s Museum.  I love that I can be creative each and every day!
 

13 comments:

  1. I think that video was awesome. Lincoln

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  2. I'm glad you liked it, Lincoln! :)

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  3. I thought she was a really cool person.


    Corinne B. Grade 4

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  4. So glad you checked out the Guest Artists, Corinne!

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  5. I like that graphic disighner.

    Mattea T.

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  6. I thought it rocked!! I really liked what Brenda baker had to say about making mistakes. Lizzie K. :)

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  7. Me too, Lizzie! Isn't it cool to see a real artist saying mistakes are OK and part of making art!?

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  8. hi mrs. heyn love the artist videos there awsome ohh and forgot to say love the blog wen ever im board im on the site it is so awsome oh yah and love the new games

    amber m.

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  9. hi mrs. heyn i just thoght it was so cool that brenda even addmided that mistakes are a part of art.

    amber m.

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  10. I'm so glad you like the blog, Amber! :)

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  11. Amazing vids! You are very lucky to meet those famous artists! Can anybody be an artist? I think that I might have seen Brenda Baker at the childrens museum talking to someone. Do you like the madison museum? I love it. Do both of them live in Madison?

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  12. Sorry the last one is from Nolan in third grade! Sorry!

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  13. Hi Nolan,

    Yes! I really believe that anybody can be an artist! It is very possible that you saw Brenda at the museum- cool! She and Beth both live in Madison, in fact, Brenda lives in my neighborhood :) Thanks for commenting on the blog!

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