Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Visiting Artist: Anne Hempel local Tallahassee Artist
Anne Hempel has lived in Tallahassee, Florida most of her life. She started dabbling with painting furniture six years ago for part time work. She has been in education for 11 years as a reading tutor, an elementary classroom teacher, a teacher of English in Japan. Recently, she decided to leave education to pursue decorative painting as a full-time occupation. She was born in Lexington, Kentucky where her grandmother, who is also an artist, still resides.
Anne is an alumni of HCES, so she agreed to come in one day and met with several classes to talk about her art work. This was such a cool treat for me and for the students. Anne was great. She showed her original works of art and allowed the kids to pass them around. We used the LCD projector in the art room to show her webpage on the big screen to look at some of her most recent work form her studio.
Prior to Anne's visit, I did a unit with the kids on Hempel's work. The kids really liked this project. We used 12x18 colored construction paper and tempera paint. To prepare for our visit from Anne, we hung up lots of our examples of her work in the art room. The room was filled with tons of CREATIVE energy. She spent one morning with us. Talked about how she got started and why she paints the subject matter that she paints. She also had the kids paint a huge canvas to be auctioned off at our annual GALA. The peacock platter was another item that she rendered and the kids glazed for the auction.
You can see all of our artwork on Artsonia Anne Hempel Unit. Check it our when you have time. For more information, you may visit Anne’s website at www.annehempel.com
Thanks for dropping by! xox, Kim 1969