We asked Jane Chadwick to give us a peek into her work with artsREACH and her life as an artist:
What is your favourite part about working with artsREACH?
I love it all. Making connections with the students, seeing a light go on when they ‘get’ the rhythm of printmaking, or when they loosen up and get experimental with painting. When you can see that a student is ‘in the zone’ that is a golden moment. I enjoy seeing teachers observe students in a new light. When they see a difficult student totally absorbed, on task, and creating, and they realize that all they needed to reach that student was art. This is not an infrequent occurrence.
What is your current favourite art project to do with kids?
I am enjoying the monoprint experimenting with the ASVA program. I like seeing the students let go of a preconceived plan and just play with the materials and explore. I especially love it when they try something I have not thought of.
How old were you when you knew you wanted to be an artist?
Don’t we all always know? To quote Picasso, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
What is your favourite colour and why?
Purple and green. They soothe me. They just feel right, both comfortable and comforting.
If you could travel back in time and meet any artist, who would it be and why?
Klimt perhaps. I love the way he fills space…. Or a Minoan fresco painter, I love Minoan art and I would be visiting Greece!
Where is your favourite place to make art?
At my picnic tables in the back yard. Or in Winter, at my kitchen table, when no one is home but me.
What music do you listen to while making art?
Oooh, lots and very loud- The Lumineers, Hugh Laurie (blues), Roxy Music, Queen, David Bowie, U2, 60’s Summer of Love classics, Janice Joplin, CCR.
If you could have any super power, what would it be?
To talk to the dead
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
An old Lancashire proverb-
“think with thee head and not thee mouth”
Family fun time: Jane and her awesome kids.
Samples of Jane’s Personal Artwork: