July 10 - 14 Bicycle Helmet Decorating

After a week's break to observe Independence Day, classes resumed on July 10 and 11 with a bang! Students at Frank Pierce Rec. Center have fun painting and decorating their very own bicycle helmet. Helmets were donated by Jeeves Law Group.  

After a week's break to observe Independence Day, classes resumed on July 10 and 11 with a bang!

Students at Frank Pierce Rec. Center have fun painting and decorating their very own bicycle helmet. Helmets were donated by Jeeves Law Group.

 

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Students were challenged to decorate their bicycle helmets with paint, stickers, translucent ribbons, chenille stems, glitter stars and 3" fun fur mowhawks!!  Fabrics included silver tinsel on black fun fur, fire engine red fun fur and blue/pink/purple fun fur. Fun fur mowhawks were attached without the use of glue since many glues can compromise the safety crash rating of a bicycle helmet.

Students keep their helmets and will use them for the first time on Tuesday July 18th when they participate in a Bicycle Rodeo at Albert Whitted Park just east of the Dalí Museum. The rodeo will be staged by the Dalí Museum and John's Hopkins All Children's Hospital.

This student at Campbell Park chose white fun fur to accent a blue and white helmet. Fun Fur was attached with plastic zip ties or ribbon. Bicycle Helmets were  sized during the student's introductory visit to the Dalí Museum. Helmets were then ordered. Before Helmets could be decorated, the fit required individual adjustment to chin straps and rear tension screws. During class each student was custom fit to the helmet that was their correct size and color choice. Then the fun really began! 

This student at Campbell Park chose white fun fur to accent a blue and white helmet. Fun Fur was attached with plastic zip ties or ribbon. Bicycle Helmets were  sized during the student's introductory visit to the Dalí Museum. Helmets were then ordered. Before Helmets could be decorated, the fit required individual adjustment to chin straps and rear tension screws. During class each student was custom fit to the helmet that was their correct size and color choice.

Then the fun really began! 

Uh Oh...look what happened when we took our hair down for helmet fitting!!  

Uh Oh...look what happened when we took our hair down for helmet fitting!!

 

Weaves, extensions, pony tails and beads can cause a bicycle helmet to seat incorrectly. It is best for hair to be down when fitting a helmet to a student's head. 

Students also received a completion certificate and complimentary Dalí tee shirt with a spiral composed of ants, one of Salvador Dalí's favorite images.

Students also received a completion certificate and complimentary Dalí tee shirt with a spiral composed of ants, one of Salvador Dalí's favorite images.

Some students at Child's Park Rec. Center chose to paint their helmets prior to decorating the top end. Others at Thomas "Jet" Jackson Rec. Center decorated their helmets with wild zebra print tapes.

Some students at Child's Park Rec. Center chose to paint their helmets prior to decorating the top end. Others at Thomas "Jet" Jackson Rec. Center decorated their helmets with wild zebra print tapes.

And still others chose to top it off with FUN decal stickers and colorful, curled chenille stems!

And still others chose to top it off with FUN decal stickers and colorful, curled chenille stems!

This student at Thomas "Jet" Jackson Rec. Center is tying off her chenille stem through the breather holes in the top of the helmet.  Sometimes the stem extension was curled afterward. 

This student at Thomas "Jet" Jackson Rec. Center is tying off her chenille stem through the breather holes in the top of the helmet.  Sometimes the stem extension was curled afterward. 

Ms Laura, Instructor at Thomas "Jet" Jackson demonstrates how to apply tape to cover the bottom portion of a helmet.

A class at Robert's Rec. Center is fully engaged in this fun and unusual project!

A student at Robert's Rec. Center embellishes her twisted chenille stems with foamie stars and adds stickers to her shirt.

Making an innovative fashion statement...these three girls fashion fur collars out of leftover Fun Fur fabric strips.

Making an innovative fashion statement...these three girls fashion fur collars out of leftover Fun Fur fabric strips.

Any way you slice it, these students had tons of creative fun decorating bicycle helmets!

June 26 - 30 Gear Head Riders

Students at five local City of St. Petersburg Recreation Centers were challenged to sculpt and mount a surreal chenille stem rider on a mini bike.  This project relates to our Bicycle Safety Summer Outreach theme, sponsored by Jeeves Law Group. The project is also inspired by Salvador Dalí's painting Sentimental Colloquy, 1944.

Sentimental Colloquy, 1944, Oil on Canvas

Sentimental Colloquy, 1944, Oil on Canvas

Gear Head Riders, a sculpting project

Gear Head Riders, a sculpting project

Frank Pierce Rec. Center makes Gear Head Riders

Frank Pierce Rec. Center makes Gear Head Riders

This student from Frank Pierce Rec. Center crafts his rider.

This student from Frank Pierce Rec. Center crafts his rider.

The round table at Child's Park Recreation Center makes teaching a breeze.

The round table at Child's Park Recreation Center makes teaching a breeze.

This student at Child's Park Rec. Center fashioned a basket for the front of her bike and put a baby rider in it.

This student at Child's Park Rec. Center fashioned a basket for the front of her bike and put a baby rider in it.

Students were challenged to sculpt their Rider and sketch the face, adding embellishments as desired.

A headless Rider at Child's Park Rec. Center

A headless Rider at Child's Park Rec. Center

Two boys at Campbell Park enjoy sparing with their Gear Head Riders.

Two boys at Campbell Park enjoy sparing with their Gear Head Riders.

Ms. Cora works with the girls at Campbell Park Rec. Center on their sculptures.

Ms. Cora works with the girls at Campbell Park Rec. Center on their sculptures.

Attaching and balancing the Gear Head Rider to the bicycle is a bit challenging.

Attaching and balancing the Gear Head Rider to the bicycle is a bit challenging.

Coach Allison assists us in the classroom at Thomas "Jet" Jackson Rec. Center.

Coach Allison assists us in the classroom at Thomas "Jet" Jackson Rec. Center.

This classroom assistant turned her Dali Bicycle Frame into a white face mime. The art projects we introduce into the classroom appeals to students, teens and adults alike.

This classroom assistant turned her Dali Bicycle Frame into a white face mime. The art projects we introduce into the classroom appeals to students, teens and adults alike.

Blackboard Inspiration

Blackboard Inspiration

Students also worked on Thank You Notes this week. They are challenged to write our sponsors about what they liked best about our program, thanking them for their donation ofmaterials and supplies, food or monetary support.

A student at Frank Pierce Rec. Center shows off his handiwork.

A student at Frank Pierce Rec. Center shows off his handiwork.

Gratitude is an important aspect of daily life that is well worth learning.

Gratitude is an important aspect of daily life that is well worth learning.

June 19 - 23 FrankenBikes

Classroom Project: Franken Bikes

Students at five city recreation centers  in St. Petersburg, FL were challenged to create pastel chalk or colored pencil bicycles in a surreal background featuring unusual wheels and riders.  Projects relate to our Bicycle Safety theme sponsored by Jeeves Law Group and Creative Pinellas. These two students from Thomas "Jet" Jackson Rec. Center hold their completed collaged art.

Students at five city recreation centers  in St. Petersburg, FL were challenged to create pastel chalk or colored pencil bicycles in a surreal background featuring unusual wheels and riders.  Projects relate to our Bicycle Safety theme sponsored by Jeeves Law Group and Creative Pinellas. These two students from Thomas "Jet" Jackson Rec. Center hold their completed collaged art.

Instructor Cora Wooley Waterhouse demonstrates how to create and place a rotating 3D wheel into student projects at Campbell Park recreation center. Donut wheels were very popular!

Instructor Cora Wooley Waterhouse demonstrates how to create and place a rotating 3D wheel into student projects at Campbell Park recreation center. Donut wheels were very popular!

Dark Passions: Student at Campbell Park executes effective foreground, middle ground and background using dark pastels accented with white highlights. 

Dark Passions: Student at Campbell Park executes effective foreground, middle ground and background using dark pastels accented with white highlights. 

Inspired By Dalí's Hallucinogenic Toreador from 1969-70.

Inspired By Dalí's Hallucinogenic Toreador from 1969-70.

This student from Child's Park Recreation Center in St. Petersburg explained how her inspiration came from Salvador Dalí's hidden facial image in the 1969-70 painting Hallucinogenic Toreador.

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Two talented student artists were quick studies. This young man from Child's Park recreation center had enough time to produce two renderings.

The young lady above from Roberts recreation, our "guest" center, finished with enough time left to cut 3D wheels and mount them to cardboard spacers as a help to other classmates. Note her use of spirals, a subject of intense, life-long interest for Dalí. In the background, Instructor Melissa Wykell assists other students with their projects.

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Coach Allison Srinivasa and students from Thomas "Jet" Jackson recreation center in St. Petersburg, FL pose for a group photo in their colorful aprons, a new addition to our program this year. 

Coach Allison Srinivasa and students from Thomas "Jet" Jackson recreation center in St. Petersburg, FL pose for a group photo in their colorful aprons, a new addition to our program this year. 

A student from Child's Park recreation center adds a 3D head in addition to wheels to her Franken Bike art piece.

A student from Child's Park recreation center adds a 3D head in addition to wheels to her Franken Bike art piece.

Completed Projects

Completed Projects

A student from Thomas "Jet" Jackson recreation center holds the Sentimental Bicyclist after Dalí's painting Sentimental Colloquy, 1944.

A busy class at Frank Pierce Rec. Center with Instructor Melissa Hickok.

A busy class at Frank Pierce Rec. Center with Instructor Melissa Hickok.

Melissa Hickok instructs students at Child's Park recreation center.  

Melissa Hickok instructs students at Child's Park recreation center.

 

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A student at Frank Pierce recreation center experiments with blending pastel chalks.

The possibilities for self-expression are endless with projects incorporating surrealism.

The possibilities for self-expression are endless with projects incorporating surrealism.

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Students are always eager to help Instructors transport art supplies to their cars at end-of-day. 

Students are always eager to help Instructors transport art supplies to their cars at end-of-day. 

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End-of-class clean-up is an aspect of team work that is always appreciated by Dalí Museum Instructors.

 

 

June 12, Dalí Safety Summer Kick-Off

tHE dALI mUSEUM INCORPORATES ART AND bICYCLE sAFETY FOR A SUMMER OF FUN SPONSORED BY jEEVES lAW gROUP.

tHE dALI mUSEUM INCORPORATES ART AND bICYCLE sAFETY FOR A SUMMER OF FUN SPONSORED BY jEEVES lAW gROUP.

City of St. Petersburg Recreation Center students kicked off the Dalí Safety Summer Art Outreach program with a Bicycle Safety presentation given by Tina Sink from the Tampa organization, More Health.  

rOADSIDE RULES QUESTIONS WERE NOT EXACTLY EASY. 

rOADSIDE RULES QUESTIONS WERE NOT EXACTLY EASY. 

Students broke up into groups and brainstormed answers to questions to earn points in a Roadside Rules Jeopardy game.  A student scorekeeper held the Jeopardy scoreboard as both sides competed. Do you know the answers to these questions?

  • What is the required distance to walk around the front of a bus? 
  • Which side of the street do you ride on?
  • Which side of the street do you walk on?
  • Why do you wear a helmet?
  • What kind of clothes should one wear when riding a bicycle at night?
  • What other items are required for night riding?

 

Bicycle Safety Presenter, Tina Sink, More HEalth, Tampa, FL 6-12-17

Bicycle Safety Presenter, Tina Sink, More HEalth, Tampa, FL 6-12-17

Student groups dressed up like Dali in front of Self-Portrait 1921

Student groups dressed up like Dali in front of Self-Portrait 1921

Students were fitted for Bicycle helmets By staff from Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. they will paint and decorate their helmets in a later class session at local cITY Recreation Centers. Afterward they worked off extra energy in the gARDEN labyrinth and finalized their introductory visit to the Dali Museum by posing at the giant mustache. 

Students were fitted for Bicycle helmets By staff from Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. they will paint and decorate their helmets in a later class session at local cITY Recreation Centers. Afterward they worked off extra energy in the gARDEN labyrinth and finalized their introductory visit to the Dali Museum by posing at the giant mustache. 

OUR STUDENT SCOREKEEPER SITS IN FRONT OF sENTIMENTAL cOLLOQUY, A dALI PAINTING FROM 1944 FEATURING A GROUP OF BICYCLISTS RIDING IN THE DESERT WITH ROCKS ON THEIR HEADS AND VEILS TRAILING OFF THE REAR.  sURREALISTS PUT THINGS WHERE THEY DIDN'T BELONG TO SHOCK PEOPLE AND MAKE THEM THINK.

OUR STUDENT SCOREKEEPER SITS IN FRONT OF sENTIMENTAL cOLLOQUY, A dALI PAINTING FROM 1944 FEATURING A GROUP OF BICYCLISTS RIDING IN THE DESERT WITH ROCKS ON THEIR HEADS AND VEILS TRAILING OFF THE REAR.  sURREALISTS PUT THINGS WHERE THEY DIDN'T BELONG TO SHOCK PEOPLE AND MAKE THEM THINK.

THE DALI MUSEUM

2017 is the 21st year that The Dalí Museum will offer our Summer Recreation Center Art Workshops, an innovative series of workshops with a rotating theme expanding a five-week period. In these workshops children are able to experience the work of Salvador Dalí and explore the creative process by making art related to Dalí. Many students are exposed for the first time to using various mediums such as paints, pastel chalks, collage, and paper maché.  They may also be challenged to create projects using recycled materials. Finally, students and their families visit the Museum, a first time experience for many.

In cooperation with the City of St. Petersburg’s Leisure Services Department, the program is offered to underserved inner city students in five of the city’s recreation centers. As a result it allows 120 children the opportunity to participate in a number of activities and events. Since the focus of this year’s workshops revolves around bike safety, projects will help children master their art by applying both bicycles and themes of Salvador Dalí’s work (bicycles are featured prominently in several important Dali works, on view in our permanent exhibition).  Teachers present pre-planned projects with instructions and a visual example of a number of possible outcomes. Teachers may embellish the projects, if desired, after discussion at Instructor planning meetings, allowing children to create with an openness unrestricted by the expectation of creating an exact replica. Additionally, children actively participate in two visits to The Museum. During an introductory visit they will connect with Dalí during a brief tour of our collection, receive an introduction to Surrealism, and also hear a bicycle safety presentation. During the concluding visit to the Museum, they will participate in a specialist-led bike rodeo, learning/demonstrating the skills and precautions necessary to safely ride a bicycle. A reception and awards ceremony immediately follows.  Families are invited to view their work as well as photos taken of their weeks at the workshops. These workshops are an experience many of these children do not otherwise have the ability to participate in and as a result have become a staple within the communities in which the rec – centers are located.