Art Sparks: Kids Write From Iowa Art 

Art Sparks is a collaboration between the Iowa Youth Writing Project and PromptPress. Twenty six artists from around Iowa donated work so that participants of IYWP's summer camps could experience the work up-close, engage with, and write from the work. The results will be posted here, throughout August. Enjoy!

Elaine Brunson Reviews AUTOMATIC EARTH by Klea McKenna

Posted by admin on December 31, 2016

Many artists who use nature as a source of inspiration focus on the preciseness of nature, the beauty and perfection in the endless patterns. McKenna, however, has taken a different route with her work. She centers the viewer’s attention on the cracks and the breaks in nature’s pattern, the inescapable reality that all of these patterns—seemingly designed to be perfect—will eventually become imperfect. She then uses those captured disruptions to tell stories, both about the imperfections of the …

Beyond Reckoning

Posted by admin on November 18, 2016

Beyond Reckoning, a review by Elaine Brunson Both haunting and oddly calm, Colville’s prints evoke tension and uneasiness in their swirling, shadowy depictions. A coyote, a bullseye, a landscape, a person; all shattered, sprayed apart by violent blasts of blackness, holes in their misty tan shapes. These holes make them haunting, ghostly, but the dull colors of a desert night evoke a feeling of peace. At first glance, I did not recognize that many of these installations, self-titled “gunpowd…


Elena, age 11, responds to Jen P. Harris

Posted by admin on August 24, 2016


Mariam, age 14, responds to Jamie Boling

Posted by admin on August 22, 2016


Erika, age 14, responds to Sara Slee Brown

Posted by admin on August 21, 2016


Cindy, age 11, responds to Sayuri

Posted by admin on August 20, 2016


Eleanor, age 13, and Kalmia Strong

Posted by admin on August 17, 2016


Jimin, age 12, and Jane Gilmore

Posted by admin on August 16, 2016


Bella Wolfe, age 15, responds to David Van Allen

Posted by admin on August 15, 2016


Zoe, age 10, responds to Tami Recker

Posted by admin on August 14, 2016

Orange and Green Snake The title of this painting is orange and green snake, but I see it as something else. You might see it as a snake as well and by all means believe it is a snake. Let your imagination take control of it. This painting was made by an extraordinary woman named Tammy. I met her in my class, where I am writing this. I hope you enjoy this art because it is beautiful and wondrous. I see it as a river or swamp or maybe a carnival with fireworks and a ferris wheel, or a swamp w…

Addison, age 10, responds to Sara Sorensen

Posted by admin on August 13, 2016



ART SPARKS IS A COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE IOWA YOUTH WRITING PROJECT AND PROMPTPRESS, CULMINATING IN AN ART SHOW & AUCTION BENEFIT FOR THE IYWP http://iywp.org
THE SHOW WILL FEATURE VISUAL ART BY 26 IOWA ARTISTS AND CORRESPONDING CREATIVE RESPONSES GENERATED BY CHILDREN AND TEENS FROM THE IOWA YOUTH WRITING PROJECT'S SUMMER CAMPS.  

                 

    RECEPTION & SILENT AUCTION WILL BE HELD 

AUGUST 26 2016 | 6-8 PM

SHOW WILL HANG AUGUST 23 - 26

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