DETAILS OF THE WEBINAR/WORKSHOP
Thursday May 28
7:00 Central Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Marketing in the Arts- Workshop 1- Clarifying direction and defining your market.
Register in advance for this webinar. There are only 100 spots available. CLICK HERE
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
WHAT YOU NEED:
A determination, and willingness to advance, and paper and pen. There will be homework.
I have presented these incredibly motivating and focused workshops for years, for many different audiences. When covid-19 came, I thought this might be an excellent opportunity to learn how to do webinars via the web.
It took me a month to not only figure how to create an online webinar, but I have been distracted by redoing my marketing. I’m rebuilding a new website and rebranding. This website, as you can see, is very, very old. The new one is looking spectacular, but with so much content, it is taking some time.
The marketing webinar/workshop is for those small businesses that desire ways to learn more and get focused on their goals. Though I present it for those in the arts, the audience is broader. I have three webinars scheduled, but I have other professionals in marketing that want to join and share information. If it goes well and people are interested, we will do more.
WHY IS THIS FREE? WHAT IS THE CATCH?
- You are my test group. I have wanted to do online webinars for years, and I’m practicing on you.
- Marketing is about exposure. Doing these workshops gives me more exposure.
- I’m also a writer. When looking for an agent or a publisher for my new books, they will ask, “show us your platform.” Doing this gives me a bigger platform.
- I seek your comments. When you take this workshop and do the work, you will be empowered and see possibilities. I want to hear about that excitement. Please send me a comment on how the workshops helped you; this will help me to promote them.
As you see, though they are free, I get a lot out of them. I do have a pay pal me, should anyone want to drop a donation for the workshops. Anything helps. The Zoom webinar platform costs me about fifty dollars a month, and I hope to recoup that in donations. It is effortless. Send whatever you like to: hhttps://www.paypal.me/greatwebinar
150 Years ago Alice fell down a rabbit hole that sent her on a very curious adventures. Sculptor Bridgette Mongeon has been on her own journey in a rabbit hole. Hers began with concept sketches six years ago, when she was creating a sculpture of Evelyn Rubenstein for the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish community center in Houston, Texas and heard that there might be another sculpture needed for Evelyn’s Park. The Rubensteins would place the sculpture in a special memorial garden to honor Evelyn Rubenstein. They visited the famous Alice sculpture in Central Park. Jose De Creft created that Wonderland theme. George Delacorte commissioned the sculpture, and it was unveiled in 1959. The Rubensteins brought pictures to the artist. The spark of inspiration was ignited for Mongeon’s sculpture titled “Move One Place On.”
The sculpture consists of a ten-foot table with a dormouse shoved in a tea pot, just as in the story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Three benches offers seating for guests, and one has a chess board in it so, be sure to bring your chest set. A nine-foot Mad Hatter flanks the 24-foot long sculpture on the left. He pushes out of his chair which is complete with arms in the shape of a lion and unicorn and feet of the chair like flamingos. The seat is unbalanced and toppling over as the Hatter stands up, gesturing to the end of the table and pouring tea. The March Hare sits on a stump at the center of the table talking to the guests to his right while dipping a watch in his tea. Alice watches on from a large overstuffed chair. The Cheshire Cat sports a “curious” beatnik look an rests on top of Alice’s chair. There is plenty of room for guests in the the coveted seat next to Alice. The artist created the sculpture so that each character interacts with an empty place, in other words, the scene is not complete until you are there.
If feasting at the table and visiting with fanciful creatures is not intriguing enough Mongeon has hidden 150 things in the sculpture in honor of the 150th anniversary of the endearing story. The treasure hunt begins at the dedication plaque shaped as a storybook, balanced on a tree trunk. There is a small stump for children to step up and touch the mouse that rests on a leaf as parents read the dedication. Look at the top of the storybook and you will see the feet of a small white rabbit jumping down a hole at the top of the book. Walk around the stump, and you will see a cut away from the hole where another very small Alice is falling. This dedication plaque begins the search for the 150 hidden things.
Many have asked if there is a master list of the 150 hidden things? Only in the artists head. She will begin to reveal the hidden things through riddle and rhyme in a book and online at alicesculpture.com, the findingalicesculpture Facebook page and Instagram. She has provided a free detective notebook for families and individuals who might like to document the 150 hidden items. You can find a link to the notebook and other free printables at www.alicesculpture.com.
An avid reader Mongeon hopes that the scene will encourage literacy, but the educational element has gone way beyond that. The creation of “Move One Place On” was a chance to educate children and adults in STEAM. STEAM is an educational initiative that focuses on Science, Technology Engineering, Art, and Math. Mongeon, Alice, and her friends have helped to present STEAM in Wonderland to adults and children at the Bellaire Library, and at Young Women in Math and Science. Mongeon also presented it at 3D Printing World Expo, the Lewis Carroll 150th anniversary celebration, and last November art teachers all over Texas were introduced to STEAM in Wonderland at the Texas Art Educators conference where Mongeon was the keynote speaker. Mongeon is excited about creating more educational opportunities and is presently working on free curriculum for schools and homeschoolers. She thinks the author Charles Dodgson AKA Lewis Carroll, would approve. After all Dodgson was a mathematician.
The sculpture has been completed by Deep in The Heart Art Foundry in Bastrop, Texas and installation is planned for early April. In March Mongeon traveled to Deep in the Heart for a metal check and to direct patina on the metal sculpture that weights in near 6,000 lbs. Now that the foundry has the artist’s approval, it will travel through Texas on an open bed trailer from Bastrop to Bellaire and Alice and her friends will have their final resting place in Evelyn’s memorial garden in Evelyn’s Park. Keep an eye out for Alice and the gang. You just might see them coming down the I-10 freeway.
While at Deep In The Heart art foundry open house the artist visited the sculpture with her five-year-old granddaughter Issa Sizemore. The artist created the artwork in pieces and sent it to the foundry to expedite the process. Even though she created it she had never seen the entire scene altogether. Issa has watched the sculpture take shape and grew up with the design. At the open house, Issa acted as a tour guide climbing all over the sculpture and sharing the secrets of the hidden items. Guests will spend more time under the table than on top of it as the artist says there are approximately 60 things hidden under the table, including many doors to magical places.
Bellaire and Houston will now have one of the most coveted dining experiences in Texas. The curious adventure created with Mongeon’s work “Move One Place On ” will continue to intrigue and delight people of all ages.
Dedication is scheduled for April 21, 11-4
4400 Bellaire Boulevard
Bellaire, Texas 77401
For IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 14, 2018
Up and Coming Sculptor Embraces The Lost Art of Mentorship:
Tiffany Carmouche Receives a One Year Mentorship Under Master Sculptor Bridgette Mongeon.
Many thirst after someone that can help move them forward in their dreams and desires. They yearn for a guide with experience and connections that can propel them into their dreams. It is true we can learn from our mistakes, but we also can learn from the mistakes of others. The heart and time of caring professionals are restoring the lost art of mentorship. Finding such guidance may feel like an impossible task, but Tiffany Carmouche found just that—a mentor that is invested in her success. Master Sculptor Bridgette Mongeon is the individual that will encourage Tiffany’s experiential learning, incite questions, encourage debates, and challenge her while providing intellectual and emotional stimulation and accountability. Bridgette does this through her Creative Endeavors Mentorship program.
Tiffany- a Maryland artist, has been accepted into the 2018 Bridgette Mongeon- Creative Endeavors Mentorship program. She has traveled the world working with the marginalized and has begun a blossoming career as a sculptor. “I have been sculpting for years. To me to sculpt is to breath. I love honoring life and perseverance in my pieces. My favorite mediums are clay and bronze and charcoal. To me, the creation of art is such a beautiful metaphor for life,” states Tiffany.
When asked what criteria Bridgette looks for in applicants Bridgette replied, “A heart for their dreams is at the center. One can teach principles of the arts or business, but passion is another thing entirely. I have been impressed with Tiffany’s tenacity, both in her new creative endeavors and those many accomplishments that she has made along the way. After many years, you come to know which applicants truly want it. But that is only part of a mentorship program. Mutual respect is an important element as well.”
Bridgette offered Tiffany a three-month mentorship program that can renew for up to one year. Bridgette, who has mentored sculptors, writers, musicians and small business owners says it is rare that she provides such an extended mentorship opportunity, but she feels that Tiffany has the desire, direction, talent and tenacity that can make a difference in her career.
“When I heard about the opportunity to work with Bridgette I couldn’t believe it. Being an artist is a constant evolution, and we must continue to grow and challenge ourselves to reach our full potential. I love the human form and doing realistic art. I want to create monumental sculptures in bronze, and one evening, I saw her work. Beautiful. I knew the goals I had set for myself were challenging and I needed someone who had created what I wanted to create. That relationship could save me years of growing pains. I called her to see if I could intern for her to learn to scale up my sculptures in the most efficient manner. She was so encouraging, and as soon as I learned of this mentorship, I applied. We had an instant rapport, and I was amazed at how much we had in common. We are both female sculptors, writers, and motivational speakers who love to dance the bachata. I Look forward to working with her and can’t wait to push myself. I know that I will grow in the business of art and as an artist, in ways I had never imagined.
WHAT IS A CREATIVE ENDEAVORS MENTORSHIP
At the heart of Bridgette’s creativity is the desire to give back and to inspire others on their creative journey. She does this through her books, lectures, and workshops, and also acts as a personal consultant for artists, writers, musicians and those entering a small business. But for her, the Creative Endeavors Mentorship program is unique. The one-on-one interactions between mentor and mentee are like having your own personal creative or business coach. Bridgette only accepts one or two mentees into the mentorship program a year.
She based the Creative Endeavors Mentorship program on the self-directed study that she received in her progressive education that she obtained with her Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College in Vermont. It is great to have physical access to your mentee, but in the age of technology, mentees can live anywhere, and mentor and mentee communicate through the phone, skype, mail, and the internet. Many mentees feel like there is no extra work involved in a mentorship program. They are merely documenting and having accountability for their dreams and goals while being given guidance and suggestions from a professional in the field.
However, the mentorship program is serious business. Mentees enter into a contract with the artist and are, required to do extra work. They must document their expected process by creating a Statement of Purpose for each three-month term. They are also responsible for sending monthly packets to their mentor to document their progress and work. At the culmination of a term, they are reviewing their progress. Bridgette has found that the extra work of documentation is essential. “I do this without pay, and the time I’m spending mentoring is time I could spend writing and sculpting. My time is precious. I need to know the other person is serious and disciplined enough to document their dreams and progress. Plus studies have shown that goals not written down are only wishes, writing down your expectations of yourself help you to meet those expectations.”
Bridgette would like to see others become mentors. “I’d love to see this mentorship program grow. I would be delighted if other individuals, that are seasoned in the arts, volunteered their time to mentor one other person. I can think of a hand full of colleges who would be great at this, but for the last several years, it is me mentoring one or two other people a year.”
If you are interested in applying for the mentorship program, you can find the application on Bridgette’s website. She will be review new applicants April- May 2018 and September-October 2018.
ABOUT BRIDGETTE MONGEON
Bridgette Mongeon is a master sculptor who has sculpted such entertainers as B. B King, Willie Nelson, Bill Monroe, numerous sculpture of children and monumental sculptures of school mascots. Her most recent works are the monumental sculpture of Alice In Wonderland’s Mad Hatter Tea Party complete with 150 hidden elements created in honor of the 150th anniversary of the story. Evelyn’s Park, in Bellaire Texas, is the home for “Move One Place On,” with a designated spring 2018 installation. She is also creating a sculpture of Neil Armstrong – a gift from Americans that will be placed outside of Moscow in Russia, and she is working on a sculpture of a beloved Latin Jazz Singer Norma Zenteno for Houston, Texas. Mongeon is known as one of 30 most influential women in 3D Printing and the author of “3D Technology In Fine Art and Craft: Exploring 3D Printing, Scanning, Sculpting, and Milling.” She is passionate about STEAM Education, an interdisciplinary education that combines Science, Technology Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM). As a speaker on motivational topics and subjects in the arts and business, she enjoys helping others achieve their goals. She is presently writing a book titled “The Zen of Business and Carving a Creative Life” which she hopes will help others to achieve success and happiness in their creative life, art, and business.
Whether we are artists, musicians, actors, or small business owners, our creative and business journeys can, at times, feel lonely. Sometimes we are floundering and need direction. We wish we had someone who could walk the path with us, help us develop a strategy, stay focused and that could help us stay accountable to our dreams. If you yearn for a guide with experience and connections that can propel you into your dreams, you may find The Creative Endeavors Mentorship Program a good fit. It is true we can learn from our mistakes, but we also can learn from the mistakes of others.
The heart and time of caring professionals are restoring the lost art of mentorship.
Locating such guidance may feel like an impossible task. It is a great resource to find someone who is invested in our success. It makes us feel like we can conquer the world. Master Sculptor/Writer and businesswoman, Bridgette Mongeon created The Creative Endeavors Mentorship Program to support individuals with experiential learning, to incite questions, encourage debates, and challenge mentees while providing intellectual and emotional stimulation and accountability.
Bridgette created the Creative Endeavors Mentorship program from the self-directed study that she received in her progressive education which she obtained with her Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College in Vermont. It is great to have physical access to your mentee, but in the age of technology, mentees can live anywhere, and mentor and mentee communicate through the phone, skype, mail, and the internet. Many mentees feel like there is no extra work involved in a mentorship program. They are merely documenting and having accountability for their dreams and goals while being given guidance and suggestions from a professional in the field.
However, the mentorship program is serious business. Mentees enter into a three-month-long contract with the artist and are, required to do extra work. They must document their expected process by creating a Statement of Purpose for each three-month term. They are also responsible for sending monthly packets to their mentor to document their progress and work. The mentor intern replies to packet work. At the culmination of a term, they are reviewing their progress. Bridgette has found that the extra work of documentation is essential. “I do this without pay, and the time I’m spending mentoring is a time I could spend writing and sculpting. My time is precious. I need to know the other person is serious and disciplined enough to document their dreams and progress. Plus studies have shown that goals not written down are only wishes, writing down your expectations of yourself help you to meet those expectations.”
Mentorships are different than internships. Bridgette uses interns in her studio quite often. Some Interns are paid others are not. Interns work alongside the artist on her work. In a mentorship program Bridgette helps the mentee achieve their goals.
LIST OF ITEMS NEEDED IN THE PROCESS OF BECOMING A MENTEE
- Official letter of Acceptance
- Schedule Received
- Signing of Contract
- Advisory Meeting
- Statement of Purpose
- Monthly Packets
To apply for The Creative Endeavors Mentorship Program, Send the appropriate information listed below to the artist at Bridgette (the at sign) creativesculpture.com. Put Mentorship program in the subject line. Let her know you have read these guidelines and provide the information listed below.
Bridgette will be review new applicants
April- May 2018 for possible Summer mentorships and
September-October 2018 for 2019 mentorships.
To apply for The Creative Endeavors Mentorship Program please send Bridgette the information listed below. You can be as elaborate as you would like. A minimum of 500 words please, you may also put in images of your work on the document. Please describe the works, your process, medium what part you had in their creation. Did you design them, create them, cast them, etc.? All of this should be sent as a pdf to Bridgette Mongeon.
ABOUT THE MENTORSHIP
“Searching for a promising student or promising adults to mentor.”
Bridgette Mongeon searches for promising individuals, working in the arts or business, to take under her wing and mentor. A mentorship program is a one on one program. Ms. Mongeon takes on no more than one or two mentees a year. She is looking for individuals who live, breath, and think creatively, who desire growth, and that might like to be a part of a “term’” experience with a professional, established artist/writer and businesswoman.
Ages considered – high school, junior high, and university level, and adults are welcome, though maturity and commitment from younger mentees is essential. Professionals and beginners are welcome to apply.
Qualifications and requirements
A person that exhibits a passion for the arts or business, and is committed, dedicated, and reliable makes for a good candidate. You must be dedicated to the time and to the term. The hours you put into this will reflect in your progress. Bridgette will happily work around mentees schedule. However, if you don’t complete the other documents needed to continue with the mentorship, such as Statement of Purpose and Packets in the time designated, you will receive a letter stating that your mentorship is in jeopardy. Further delay on your part, without explanation, will indicate that you are not ready for this journey. Your current mentorship will be suspended, and your place will be given to another candidate. You may reapply at a later date for consideration or move to a paying consultation basis. However, the same commitments will apply.
A Written Application is a Requirement.
Please include the following in your written application.
- Why is this art form or business important in your life?
- Give a brief description of your interests and direction.
- Describe your present study.
- What do you hope to gain from this relationship?
- What do you hope to accomplish?
- Is there a specific goal you have in mind? What does that look like fulfilled?
- Where are you lacking? What areas do you feel you need help?
- Please share a bit of depth into who you are and a few samples of your work. Be sure to describe the work and your part in the work.
- What have you done thus far to try and reach your goals?
- You can also include personal things if you like, what makes you tick? What makes your soul sing?
- When would you like your mentorship to begin? Please note that Bridgette does this without pay, but is committed to your success. She can try to honor your start time, however, if another mentee is taken on before you are officially accepted then you may lose your slot until another time becomes available. You will then need to reapply.
Public or private?
See the section below, and in your application, please state how you would prefer to work your mentorship and how public you would like to be in the working arrangement. In your application, please include a Public Statement of one or two sentences about your feelings of this award, and one or two sentences describing yourself (Think Press Release. It needs to be written in the first person. You might look at this page to help you formulate your public statement. ) This will be used to formulate the announcement and possibly be used in future media about the mentorship.
Please also include all of your contact information: Name, address, email, phone, and all social media outlets such as Instagram, twitter, blogs, etc.
If you are under 18 you must have parent’s permission. Acceptance for students under 18 will also be discussed with parents. All younger applicants should think very hard about their school workload and social commitments before applying.
YOUR ACCEPTANCE AND CONTRACT
You have been invited, but you have not formally been accepted. Bridgette will send your acceptance letter to you after she receives your application. Along with the acceptance letter, please note that there will be a contract that needs to be signed. It is a formal part of the process. You will sign an agreement that you understand the duties and responsibilities. It also will state that you have received much of the Acceptance Packet. This agreement is important. It assures accountability on both parts.
WHAT A MENTORSHIP PROGRAM ENTAILS
Through this mentorship program, you agree to focus on your determined goals and have regular communication with Bridgette Mongeon. All correspondence between you and your mentor will be through a shared Google Doc Folder. Once a date of your acceptance is received, a schedule will be put in your mentee folder. Please look at these dates carefully. They are a bit flexible, but should be used as a very important guideline. If changes need to be made upon first viewing, then this will be done in the Advisory Meeting. Of course, life happens, and in light of that, flexibility is important. This can easily be done with communication. Besides not doing the work, a lack of communication is the biggest thing that can jeopardize your mentorship.
For most mentees, they do not find that working a mentorship program takes any additional time as they are already pursuing their heart’s desire. The mentorship program gives them an opportunity to document this, gives them direction and accountability to themselves and their mentor. However, one needs to designate and carefully schedule an appropriate amount of time in their personal schedule to finish monthly packets and other paperwork so that the mentorship can continue. The amount of time this takes depends on how easy it is for you to write. Some find keeping a working journal will help them to easily do packet work.
Advisory Meeting- Usually, there is one advisory meeting every three months. If you have received an offer for an extension of a mentorship and your mentorship is going to be officially extended for another three months, then mentor and mentee regroup after the three-month date. A request to continue should be in your last packet. There is an exit meeting with your mentor in which you will discuss what has been learned, and talk about three-month term. If a mentorship is extended The same paper work of Schedule, Statement of Purpose, Packets, etc. are required during each Term.
A Statement of Purpose
After being accepted, it is now time to set out your goals for your first three months. What is your primary focus for these next three months? Much of this may be culled from your advisory meeting and your application. You may have more than one direction, and that is certainly fine. Just list them and what you hope to accomplish, as well as how you plan on accomplishing this. This program is about accountability- accountability to yourself and your mentor. You can’t be accountable if you are not sure what you want to do.
In this Statement of Purpose think of your next three months. Please list what resources do you hope to investigate, books, groups, etc. Are you hoping to get in a show? Exploring a new medium? Investigating a business situation? Are there areas that you feel you need help? How will you find this help? This statement of purpose really is your guide to what activities you plan on doing to assist you in the next three months. Don’t worry, new opportunities come up as you progress through this mentorship. This is expected. You may, at times, have to deviate from the statement of purpose to focus on immediate opportunities. As long as they are inline with your direction, this is fine. Please document how they relate, and the new direction in your monthly packets
Once this Statement of Purpose is complete, let Bridgette know through a text or PM on Facebook. She will respond to this Statement of Purpose and add things that she thinks might be helpful or useful to you.
Monthly “packets” are required. A schedule of the due date of packets will be included upon acceptance. This mentorship program is based on the Interdisciplinary self-guided studies found in the progressive education of Goddard College. Here is a good description of their packets. Though it focuses on writing it may help you to understand the process. You might also float through http://perpetuallearner.blogspot.com/ This is a blog that Bridgette kept through her journey at Goddard and Vermont College. She has some of my own packet work there as well as some from other students. In the below description taken from Goddard College, and advisor has been changed to Mentor. If you are looking for a self guided study for credit. Bridgette highly recommends the programs at Goddard College.
“Packet exchanges” allow you to sustain an ongoing dialogue with your mentor about your work throughout the term. You submit one packet a month to your mentor, on specific due dates, and your mentor responds in writing.”
“ A typical packet might include the submission of a new chapter of your novel, a revision of a short story, new and revised poems, scenes from your script, as well as critical work examining the books you’ve read. Packets also include a process letter in which you raise any artistic concerns or questions about your work and life as an artist.
Your mentor not only reads your creative work and makes detailed margin notes but also writes a lengthy response letter. Your advisor may offer support, highlight a particularly successful passage, challenge your arguments, suggest places to trim, and propose strategies to develop your work. Additionally, your advisor will engage you in a dialogue about how your craft-based exploration can assist you in bringing your work closer to your vision.
In other words, a mentor won’t dispense one-size-fits-all advice that you could get from a book. Instead, they are focused on helping you realize your unique creative vision.”
In addition to the original packet, your last packet in your agreed upon term will include a summary of the previous three months and a request to continue in the mentorship program. If accepted then you will proceed to another Statement of Purpose for the next three months.
PUBLIC OR PRIVATE
This mentorship is a private. Bridgette does request an exit statement from you at the end of the mentorship. This statement will be made public to encourage future interns. The announcement of your award of this internship will be made public on social media. Should you desire to keep this arrangement discreet, this can be taken into consideration, and should be made known in your application. All of the work done in this mentorship will be done privately in Google Docs. Please do not share you google doc link with anyone without permission. Should you choose, and it is highly recommended, you can make your mentorship public in a variety of ways such as sharing your acceptance, progress, and accomplishments in blogs, Twitter, Instagram and other social media. If you do, please share this with your mentor as they will be able to extend the social media reach and reshare. In doing this, your network grows. Some individuals find that documenting their process of public mentorship online helps to keep them accountable and gives them an opportunity for exposure. This may even be your packet work, though you should copy this work to you google drive packet work and give links to your blog. Simple and free blogs can easily be set up through http://www.blogspot.com . If you make this mentorship a part of your personal online blog as a part of your website, just include this information in your packets. You may do public documenting alone or encourage your mentor to participate publicly through a joint blog. Though the mentor will still create a private response to your online doc. Those working and striving to become professional artists also can leverage their online presence by being in association with Bridgette Mongeon through public documentation of this program and their progress. First and foremost— this is your experience, and you should choose what will make you most comfortable and promote your inspiration and motivation. You may change your decision on private or public from term to term.
If you find after reading this lengthy blog post that a Creative Endeavors Mentorship Program is just the thing that you have been looking for you can certainly begin your process by preparing your application and then submitting it at the appropriate time. Bridgette is honored to work with such dedicated individuals and will delight in the achievements and success of each of those she has the privilege to mentor.
I was so honored to be asked to be the keynote speaker at the Texas Art Educators Conference (TAEA) in Moody Gardens, Galveston, Texas. My goal was to show others how art can and should be integrated into science, technology engineering, art, and math. Just before the lecture, I added a slide about my lecture at the 150th-anniversary celebration of Lewis and Carroll, where I spoke about my Alice in Wonderland sculpture project to be installed in Evelyn’s Park in 2018. In that lecture, I also talked about STEAM education. STEAM education is based on an educational initiative that focuses on STEM. STEM focuses on encouraging students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. These are areas of focus that needed encouragement because there are many jobs needing to be filled, but it is hard to keep students motivated in these disciplines. STEAM adds the Art element. When at the 2015 Lewis Carroll conference someone came up to me and was very upset that I added the A to STEM. The comment startled me. It was the first time I had ever had to defend the “A”.
My motto developed for TAEA was,
“Defend the “A” and go with STEAM!”
In fact, at the book signing, I signed many of my books with that same quote. It was my motto for TAEA 2017, and I’m carrying it forward.
I absolutely loved the group at TAEA. The excitement and positive comments that I received from so many about how I am incorporating STEAM with the Alice In Wonderland Project was encouraging. We are not done. Stay tuned for the virtual tour, and the educational game created from that virtual or augmented reality.
PLEASE if you like the keynote or attended my workshop and have comments I would appreciate it if you could send them to me along with your title and name. By making these public I can procure further engagements and this helps me to defend your “A.”
CONTACT ME If you have any questions or need information please feel free to contact me. I would love to know how teachers are using STEAM.
www.digitalsculpting.net My website on my book and digital technology
www.creativesculpture.com My fine art website.
Finding Alice Sculpture Page on Facebook
COVETED THIMBLE INVITATION WINNER!
During the conference I took names and offered the Coveted Thimble Invitation- this entitles the receiver to bring a friend to have lunch with me at the sculpture. Congratulations to Shane Skinner the TAEA Winner!
RESOURCES AND NOTES FROM THE KEYNOTE
Many of these are listed in the back of the book.
Many of these resources are found in my book 3D Technology in Fine Art and Craft: Exploring 3D Printing, Scanning, Sculpting, and Milling. For those of you who purchased the book at the conference, Thank you. If you have not purchased it at the show you can find it on Amazon. PLEASE- Amazon reviews matter. You don’t have to purchase the book from Amazon to review. I’d greatly appreciate your reviews.
The book has a corresponding website. It can be found at digital sculpting.net
- SymbioticA is the program at the University of Western Australia that combines scientists and artists. The podcast with Oron Catts on the art called Victimless Leather can be listened to on the book’s website.
- Joris Laarman is the artist that created Dragon Bench
- Bruce Beasley is a pioneer using digital technology in fine art.
- Leanor Caraballo created Object Breast Cancer – an artist’s work make a change in how cancer is researched.
- Robert Lazzarini morphed skull and telephone booth. An artist morphs work digital and recreates it using technology.
- Mary Neubauer creates art with code
- Nathalie Mibach weaves data into art
- Bathsheba Grossman Is another pioneer in 3D printing and make math into art.
- Erwin Hauer with the help of Enrique Rosada– Are recreating the deteriating panels of Erwin’s work created in the 50’s using 3D tech.
- Captured Dimensions- Dallas company that does photogrammetry with a booth and captured my granddaughter.
- 123D Catch- Photogrammetry with your phone. Please be aware of the fine print. They will own your 3D model. When searching for their URL i discovered that they have discontinued all of their free software including catch. This article has some other free options, but I have never tried them.
- Saving Mes Aynak A race against time to save a 5,000-year-old archaeological site in Afghanistan threatened by a Chinese state-owned copper mine. The video can now be seen on Netflix. 3D scanning subject.
- CyArk– Digitally preserving architectural heritage. They have a varied amount of educational material on scanning and 3D.
- Smithsonian 3D has a variety of educational material on 3D scanning artifacts.
- Olivier Van Herbt – 3D printing in ceramic. There are many free resources on how to build your own 3D printer for ceramic.
- Synappsys Digital Services– CNC ( Computer Numerically Controlled Milling.) See the process in the TAE video above.
- Shapeways and i.materailise These are two companies that offering 3D printing from files in a variety of materials.. They also list some free software to get one started on creating. ( Check the book for the different software to fix files for 3D Printing. )
- TXRX Makerspace in Houston is offers 3D Printers for Houston schools to purchase with a trade in program if they break.
- Smart Geometrics came in and scanned the sculpture “Move One Place On” to reduce it down. They will be back in the park to scan the entire area to create a virtual or augmented reality. I’m still looking for a gaming company to take that and make it into an educational resource.
- Utah Teapot. This is the tea pot that the Mad Hatter holds. Want to see a video about this famous tea pot and what it has to do with 3D technology?
RESOURCES FROM MY WORKSHOP- Please follow this link
OTHER RESOURCES- Alice In Wonderland
- Free printable of the Wonderland Detective Book. Use this with students to help find the 150 hidden items in the sculpture. I will be creating a series of YouTube videos to help teachers.
- Free printable of dodecahedron and a triangle with Alice in Wonderland images and sayings. Use this in conjunction with the books Alice in Wonderland or Through the Looking Glass. This also helps to open up a conversation about the math and geometry behind 3D Technology.
FREE OR INEXPENSIVE GEMS HAT ENCOURAGE INDIVIDUALS TO PLAY WITH MATH
- Knot Plot Helps to visualize knots http://www.knotplot.com
- Surface Evolver Visualizes minimal surfaces http://www.susqu.edu/brakke/evolver/evolver.html
- TopMod A topological mesh modeler http://www.viz.tamu.edu/faculty/ergun/research/topology
- SeifertView Visualization of Seifert Surfaces http://www.win.tue.nl/~vanwijk/seifertview/
- Excellent tutorials on geometry and computation http://www.christopherwhitelaw.us/?p=567
- Blender Free- open source 3D Modeling, animating and much more http://www.blender.org
- Sculptris Free http://pixologic.com/sculptris Hard surface and organic.
- Daz Studio 3D Posing program- Free http://www.daz3d.com
OTHER FUN STUFF
- JWEEL Free browser based jewelry design program https://www.jweel.com/en/
- Learn Code for Art Processing 2 http://processing.org/
- Kids learn to create with code https://www.tynker.com/
- Provides the leading curriculum for K-12 computer science https://code.org/
PRESS RELEASE- TIMELY EVENT Nov 2-4 2017
Houston Sculptor Gets “Curious” at The Texas Art Education Conference.
It will be a Wonderland adventure at this year’s Texas Art Education (TAEA) Conference at Moody Gardens. The TAEA committee selected Houston, Texas Sculptor, and author Bridgette Mongeon as the 2017 keynote speaker. Many in Texas know the work of Mongeon. It can be seen in her numerous commissions of children, and in her Grambling Tiger and Prairie View Panther mascots. Her work extends to such distances as the sculpture of Neil Armstrong designated for Russia. And hits home in her recent commission of beloved jazz singer Norma Zenteno, and the whimsical sculpture of Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Hatter Tea Party soon to be installed at Evelyn’s Park in Bellaire, Texas.
“Texas Art Education Association selected Bridgette Mongeon as our Conference Keynote speaker because, not only is she an advocate of STEAM, she encourages everyone to be ‘Curiouser and Curiouser.’ She motivates artists to reach their creative potential and to inspire students to obtain the same.” States Suzanne Greene, TAEA President.
STEAM is based on the educational initiative focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) but adds an essential Art component that helps to create a dialogue, explore, and present, while encouraging critical thinking. Mongeon has been introducing adults and children to the features of STEAM for years. Her recent book “3D Technology in Fine Art and Craft: Exploring 3D Printing, Scanning, Sculpting, and Milling” is groundbreaking and features work of artists from all over the world. In the book, Mongeon describes how artists push the limits and use digital technology combined with fine art. The book was a number one new release on Amazon, is required reading in some higher education classes, and has become a part of the permanent collection in such libraries as the Hirsch Library — Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas and the Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York.
Mongeon uses a combination of digital and traditional sculpture in her own Houston, Texas studio. “In the creating of ‘Move One Place On,’ we used this combination in spades, or should we say ‘hearts,'” States Mongeon. You could say that Alice and her friends grew big and small in Mongeon’s studio, not with elixirs and mushrooms, but with technology.
Creating incredible pieces of art is important to Mongeon but being able to add an educational element to any project inspires her just as much as the art. She finds ways to do that with anything she creates. She documents most of her work in online blogs for clients. The more historical or educational the project, the better the educational elements. Individuals are learning about space exploration from her blog of Neil Armstrong and United in Space. They learned about the history of the newsboy in her sculpture and blog of the Newsboy for the Texas Press Association, and about the influence of seeing-eye dogs for the blind in her recent commission of John Turner and his seeing eye dog created for Frisco Texas. For Mongeon, every project is an opportunity to educate.
“Just because I completed the sculpture of the Mad Hatter’s tea party titled ‘Move One Place On,’ it does not mean that the education and the experiments and pushing of the boundaries of the technology are over,” States Mongeon.
Mongeon enjoyed hiding 150 elements in the bronze in honor of the 150th anniversary of the endearing story of Alice in Wonderland . She created a Wonderland Detective Series and free downloadable detective books where people can document their findings. The intrigue of finding the elements is not just for children but is enjoyed by adults and families as well. Mongeon is working on a series of YouTube videos that will help individuals learn about the hidden items as well as the literature and the elements of STEAM. She is also creating a curriculum that parents and traditional education and homeschools can use.
The future technology with her Alice project is also fascinating. She had each of the monumental clay pieces digitally scanned in her studio by Smart Geometrics. Scanning art was an intriguing opportunity for Smart Geometrics who usually creates 3D scans of such things as oil refineries. Mongeon will be reducing these scans, working on them in the computer, and collaborating with 3DSYSTEMS to recreate the sculptures in 3D printed miniatures—exact replicas of the monumental sculpture, but as a small limited edition bronzes.
Some of her vendors will be coming to the conference and will display how they have scanned hidden object, reduced the scans for 3D printing, so that the artist can create miniature collectibles. Finally, once the foundry installs the sculpture at Evelyn’s Park, Smart Geometrics has offered to come back into the park and 3D scan the entire area. This 3D scan can be used to create a virtual reality of the whole scene. That way, anyone in the world can visit “Move One Place On.” Mongeon also hopes to collaborate with a gaming company that can take the virtual reality and create it into an online educational resource. For Mongeon, the educational opportunities are indeed a curious adventure.
TAEA conference scheduled for November 2-4 2017 at Moody Gardens is open to art teachers and members of the Texas Art Education Association members.
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Today, after dealing with days of Harvey and surviving, then driving the dirt laden freeways down to the George R. Brown Convention Center to see what needed to be done, and then traveling side streets to the grocery store that is just yards away from the bayou that is no longer a threat and within its banks, I sat in my van and wept.
I wept for my elation for being safe. Though there are still those in other parts of Houston, who are being rescued. I wept for seeing all I saw today and how so many people were helping so many other people. I wept in gratitude; I wept from what might be exhaustion. I wept because I survived and that I lost nothing and so many others have and will. I wept because I’m taking my wine and my shrimp home and sitting in my house and eating and drinking that tonight. I wept because I will bring bags of freezer items home that I will place them in my freezer after I take out the many blocks of ice I made before the storm. I wept as I remembered the dazed look on the women still in her pj’s who just got to the GRB and kept saying, “My ceiling caved in, my ceiling caved in, it is all gone.” as her very mature ten-year-old son held her one 1/2-year-old. I directed her to the blankets and clothing, took her name in case I can find a place for her to go. Maybe I wept for her.
Is this survivors remorse? I don’t think it is technically survivors remorse, as that definition means I feel guilty for being alive. I don’t feel guilty for being alive; My heart is overflowing with gratitude.
I feel like I’m in a fog, kind of like I did when my mom died, and I would look at people differently. I would look at someone and think, you could have died, we could have died. You have your home; you are in a grocery store buying food from shelves, and not waiting in life at a rescue center. These are such opposites my brain can’t adjust; it can’t take it all in. I’m watching strangers greet each other with things like, “Is your home livable?” and “Did you lose everything?” There is not one person in this city who has not either lost their home or had a close friend or family member who has lost their home. Most will recover, some homes are a total loss. Most people are smiling- if they are not still in shock.
“Is your home livable?”
Our city and individuals are wounded. We are all in a daze and shock, and it is not over. I can’t believe I came home to turn on the news and hear about missiles and to learn we are now waiting for a chemical plant to blow up in Crosby, Texas. Yes, it will blow up, it is just a matter of time, and they have no idea what that will do to our air quality. I can’t comprehend this. Maybe I will have to leave my home. I may have survived the rain, winds, and flood, but not a chemical explosion with compromised air. Survival continues, don’t let your guard down yet. Maybe I’ll save the wine and celebrate another night.
I had fun at the library. My favorite part was meeting Ms. Teas. For those of you who don’t know, the park is placed on the land where Teas nursery used to sit. A long time ago, when I was first starting to sculpt, I had a line of gift items that I called Dandelions and doodlebugs. I sold them at the nursery and would come and sculpt in their gift area to bring attention to the pieces. I guess I have come full circle. I love to hear about the history of the place, the houses, and the teas. Mrs. Teas was the fan of the day. I think people enjoyed the adventure. Can’t wait for the next one. I’m so glad we could meet.
I am thrilled to be chosen as the keynote speaker for the Texas Art Education Association conference to be held November 2017 at Moody Gardens Galveston.
Throughout my career as an artist and a writer it is as important to me to share information and create a learning experience through the creation of my art as it is for me to create the art itself. At the 56th annual conference I will be speaking about the educational initiative title STEAM. I’ll share how others have used , Science, Technology, Engineering Art and Math in an interdisciplinary learning experience and how I have done that in my own studio.
Of course the Alice in Wonderland project title “Move One Place On” has the STEAM education in spades.
I’m delighted to be presenting and can’t wait for November.