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Meghan Boyd, 19, of Swisshelm Park, likes making art for fun, and because she loves the colors. She especially enjoys drawing with colored pencils. Coming to CCS classes gives her the time for creating art. Her favorite color is orange, and she uses her studio time with CCS to develop her own solo studio practice and investigate the abstracted form of different animals. Her commitment to her art making practice is strong; in a recent conversation she said, “I like doing art every day.”
Zoey the Zebra
Rainbow Geometric Creature
The Octopus' Garden
Jennifer the Giraffe
Matt Carroll, 32, of Stanton Heights, likes everything about art and being a creative person. Matt has a vivid imagination and often explores concepts of art from other galaxies and fantasy worlds in his drawings and paintings. He is thoughtful about the art-making process, and wants to express himself and inspire people to be the best versions of themselves. Matt has been working with Creative Citizen Studios for 3 years now and has demonstrated a lot of growth over the years. His favorite animal is the lion, “because it is courageous and powerful.” We think Matt is pretty courageous and powerful too – his poignant art has something special to share with the world.
Feast for the Pride
Mick Fisher, 27, of Upper Saint Clair, Mick has been committed to his art making practice since the very beginning of CCS in 2012. Mick is always drawing the things he sees around him, often drawing imaginary worlds of character mash-ups and visual puns and jokes. His favorite part of making art is using color, and he is especially fond of painting and drawing. He is precise in his creations, and can draw straight lines and spacing without a ruler or measuring!
Jami Johnson, 26, of the east end, is a passionate artist always making something to express her unique perspective. Her favorite materials include fabric, yarn, duct tape and her sketch-book for drawings. Jami explores her fascination with what our dreams and imaginations are made of and how to think about the growth we all experience every day but cannot see. She is currently making a “hoodie” by finger knitting, and she has made her own line of fashion art-pieces over the years. Jami enjoys drawing all the wild things of her imagination, and loves participating in CCS classes so she can dive into her art making interests.
Caleb Lamperski, 19, of Cheswick, likes to draw things he is familiar with, and drawing characters he knows and loves helps him feel calm. Caleb is driven to draw very specific characters that tell different versions of the same story most of the time. These characters and a long winding tale of snowmen, Al Gore and ships at sea don’t always follow a linear path, but give us a glimpse into Caleb’s wandering imagination. His favorite medium is markers on any paper, even if it is already printed on, and cardboard. His drawing and painting dogs explore a world of ballons, cartoon stage scenes and icy oceans. Where will Caleb’s visual stories lead us next? It’s always an adventure to watch his journey and in the CCS classroom we work on exploring new ideas.
Michael McGeary, 18, of New Kensington, enjoys drawing and painting. Michael loves drawing animals like the fox and birds, and often incorporates his favorite color, brown. Michael loves to tell jokes about chicken-pots and rhyming games as he explores shape and the strength of a graphite line in CCS classes. Michael’s drawings wander through surreal landscapes and gestural line drawings of abstracted animals often combined with mixed media elements.
Robyn McKee, 31, of Plum, is enthusiastic about making and selling her art. She loves to draw a variety of subjects, including her favorite, butterflies. Robyn has been attending CCS art classes for over 7 years and has grown in her abilities over the years. Sometimes known to send student’s ‘noses’ to California and tell jokes about bumble bees knees – Robyn shares her zest for life and humor in her art. Often her drawings include a long list of all of her favorite things and a rainbow color palette that attempts to capture her enthusiastic love of life.
Pig in Space
Gianfranco Schiaretta, 20, of Bloomfield, is a true artist, driven to make his work on a daily basis and shared that: “It’s my life. I was born to do art.” He is known for drawing geometric shapes and designs, and loves using many colors. His favorite medium is drawing, and creating designs with a ruler. “I like to express my inner thoughts and being.”
William Taylor, 20, of Point Breeze, is a prolific artist. If he could, he would paint all day, everyday on canvas as large as possible. He is becoming an expert in his own brand of abstract stripes and lines using a variety of colors, but especially his favorite, orange. Williams drive to put his passionate color and shapes out into the world is impossible to contain and we are lucky to experience his world view in his work. He will have solo show of his paintings at the Chautauqua Institution this summer.
Faron Thompson, 23, of Greenfield, has always loved art, even as a young child. He loves drawing and painting, especially cartoons and landscapes. Through CCS classes, he has learned paint in ink and with acrylics in addition to fine-tuning his drawing skills. “My favorite is whatever I’m in the mood for,” as a true expression of his individual freedom. Artmaking has even been known to transform his mood in the past, “If your day hasn’t been the best, art really helps.”