Artist Day Jobs is back for a second season profiling Minnesota artists whose 9-5′s complement and inspire their creative process.
In this episode we meet Bill Lindsey. A soft-spoken physical therapy rehab aide by day and self-described “lead screamer” in shock rock band Impaler by night, see how the two sides of Bill’s life make him feel like he has it all.
Light up your life with Sharra Frank’s kid-friendly window hanging mosaic project!
Let the video get your creative juices flowing and read on for project tips from Sharra. Or jump to the bottom and find a link to sign up for Sharra’s mosaic classes.
Great for all ages:
I use this process for quick turn around projects when working with the public and children. Usually I have to wait a day or longer for adhesive to dry before grouting but with the film adhesive you can complete the project in one work session.
I love making window hangings because of the natural way they light up when the sun shines through. The look on children’s faces when they see the grand result is priceless!
What you’ll need:
Wood Picture Frame
No Days Mosaic Film Adhesive
Mosaic Wheeled Cutter
Sanded Tile Grout
Where to find materials:
Online or at retails stores around the Twin Cities:
Some mosaic supplies can be found in art and craft stores as well, such as Michaels, Jo Ann’s and Blick Art Supplies.
Project age range:
12 and up (12 and under with an adult)
Don’t plan too much:
The outcome will most likely look different from what you imagine so focus on enjoying the process and collaboration (if working as a team).
Keep it flat:
Make sure all glass pieces are laying completely flat (not sideways or on top of another piece.) You want every tile to have full contact with the film adhesive.
About Sharra Frank
I am a mosaic artist in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I specialize in designing and leading community projects, large scale commission work and teaching mosaic skills to all ages and levels of experience, from children to other professional artists.
Where to spot her work:
My public artwork can be found throughout the St. Paul and Minneapolis Children’s Hospitals, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, the Eastside Food Coop in Minneapolis, Stepping Stone Children’s Theater in St. Paul, Richfield Middle School in Richfield, Minnesota, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Minneapolis, Goodwill Easter Seals in St. Paul and soon several panels will be up in Bryant Square Park in Minneapolis, to name a few!
On working with Minneapolis Children’s Hospital:
I have been working at the Children’s Hospital since 2010 as an artist through Compas’ Arts in Healthcare program. What I find most rewarding is seeing first hand how creating an art piece can uplift and make a positive impact on a child. Making a mosaic is relaxing and meditative, like doing a puzzle. I think the highly tactile experience leaves a lasting impression.
I offer mosaic classes periodically in my Minneapolis studio and I also have online mosaic classes that are available any time through my website, www.sharrasmosaicsecrets.com.
Greta Claire’s drip painting project will add a splash of color to any room (and help you finally get rid of all that extra house paint)!
Let the video get your creative juices flowing and read on for project tips from Greta. Or jump to the bottom for purchasing information to get your own Greta Claire original.
What you’ll need:
7 colors of paint
Get thrifty with your paint:
The first place I recommend searching [for paint] is your garage or basement for any old house paint you’re probably never going to use again.
Otherwise, check out any place that has a paint sale! A good place to check out is Blick Art Materials, Michael’s, or paint from Home Depot (which is what I used for this project.)
Be mindful of your surroundings:
It may seem like common sense, but paint will end up places where you never thought paint could end up. Paint in a place where mess is acceptable and have fun with it!
Prepare for a mess:
Wear messy clothes, put down some poly (plastic sheet, can be purchased at any home improvement store) and if you have another old bed sheet or drop cloth feel free to rest it on top of the poly as well – protect those floors!
The bigger the brush…:
Get some bigger paint brushes that will grab enough paint.
Allow for dry time:
In between the different colors, allow ample time to dry!
How to know when your painting is complete:
Knowing when you’re done applying color is simply just taking a step back and asking yourself if the painting feels right. If you really can’t tell, try taking a picture of it and looking at it later
Visit gretaclaire.com. For questions about commissions, artwork or private showings email email@example.com
New Belgium Brewery 25th Anniversary
I currently have quite the project load! I’ve been selected by New Belgium Brewery along with 12 other artists to celebrate NBB’s 25th Anniversary. They decided to ask some of their favorite artists to custom paint some of their anniversary bikes from Detroit Bikes.
Art show November 11, 2016
I’ll be having a really big show November 11th, working on entirely new work/ideas that I’m excited to release – there are just so many fun things!
I recently started holding private art classes in my studio. It’s been extremely fun and uplifting helping people dive into the abstract world; allowing them the chance to discover the possibilities that painting offers. It’s rad!
Creative Juice Break from MN Original presents fresh, short videos, activity prompts and more. Get your creative juices flowing!
Once a month, the MNO team gathers over lunch to share videos we find creatively or technically interesting. From unexpected storytelling concepts to new approaches to lighting or editing, these videos and the resulting team dialogue, feed our creative brains and inspire our work.
MN Original‘s web series, Artist Day Jobs, is returning for a second season and we need your submissions!
Are you an artist (or do you know of one) who works an interesting day job to support your artistic endeavors? Are you a painter who is also a prize-winning dog show handler? Or maybe you’re a choreographer who also farms corn? Or perhaps you’re a photographer who works as a train conductor?
Give us a shout.
Our team is interested in capturing video and photos of artists at work which will be a part of our web series premiering on MNOriginal.org and Facebook during the summer of 2016.
If you’re an artist who would like to be featured, or you’d like to nominate someone, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Artist Day Jobs” in the subject line for consideration.
And in the meantime, catch up on episodes from Season 1 below:
Washburn students will perform their original play, “Untold Stories,” which explores issues including domestic abuse, racism, Islamophobia, and anxiety. Following the performance, students will engage the audience in a discussion about the issues raised, the use of art as a tool for social justice, and how activism can continue beyond the classroom.