Her name is Dhamar Jaimes and she is a 3rd grader in Ms. Kidwell's class. Dhamar always does an excellent job with her art projects in class. When we do more directed lessons, she renders things very well, and when the projects call for more creative problem solving she always rises to the occasion and comes up with something cool and original. When Dhamar finishes a project early, she will quietly assist others or create a "free" drawing and apply what she learned from that day's lesson.
It is things like this that made it easy to select her as one of my Artists of the Month.
So, Dhamar, how was your rainy weekend?
It was okay. I collected hail and put it in the freezer.
What do you like most about making art?
I like to get all creative and I like to make funny characters.
Is there a media that is your favorite?
Pottery. You can make fun stuff with it, like I made a slipper, but it's actually a holder.
I love that about clay too. To be able to make something and use it for something too makes it even cooler.
Is there a cartoon or animated movie, that when you watch it you think "wow, that just looks so cool"?
Looney Tunes. Bugs Bunny.
Wow! Pretty old school, Dhamar. What do you like about it?
He likes carrots and he says "what's up doc?"
Are there any people that inspire you to make art?
My mom. She made a picture of a woman that I really like.
Out of the art pieces you have made, which is your favorite and why?
The one I made with Miss Danielle. It was a clown done with oil pastels. I like it because the clown is silly.
I'm beginning to see a trend here. You really like to make humorous artwork. I think that's great. Not all art has to be serious.
What do you want to do when you grow up? Why?
Can you be more specific? There are lots of things you can do as a professional artist.
I would make prints.
Oh, like we did for the Jolby project, where we used styrofoam to make a stamp.
Because I could reuse it any time to make more of them and I could make more money that way.
Great interview, Dhamar! Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule and thanks to Ms. Kidwell for excusing you from a few minutes of social studies instruction.
This is part of a series of twice monthly posts that features the work and words of one of our many talented student artists at Zamorano Fine Arts Academy. To be selected, students must be models of respect, engagement, and creativity in the art room. A boy and a girl will be showcased each month.