Oct 31st, 2012
LAKE WALES – Janie Howard Wilson Elementary’s fourth and fifth graders learned a lot about well-known Haitian artist Patrick Noze last week (Oct. 25) when he visited the school and conducted a live painting demonstration using their suggestions.
“He was wonderful!” said art teacher Tiffany Weaver, who is inviting artists to visit throughout the year. “He even let a student paint a piece with him.”
Noze introduced himself to students by talking about his love of art. He began painting at age 5 in his native Haiti.
“The kids were surprised that he had been painting so long.” Weaver said. “He captivated the audience with his passion for art, and his charisma. The students could not believe what he was able to put on the canvas right in front of their eyes.”
During the live painting demonstration, Noze selected student Dashiel Blum to come on stage. Dashiel painted the hat that Noze had started.
“Mr. Noze encouraged Dashiel to paint and sway to the music, so he did. The audience was blown away that one of our very own Janie Howard Wilson students got to take part in the painting, and they both signed the painting,” said Weaver.
Business partner Jim Weaver of Weaver, McClendon and Penrod law firm sponsored the purchase of a piece of Noze’s art to add to the new Janie Howard Wilson Elementary art gallery.
Students were asked to vote for the piece they wanted, and they unanimously chose the largest piece that Noze had displayed on the stage. Noze graciously donated two more pieces: one of boys playing marbles, and the piece painted live by Dashiel Blum and Patrick Noze.
In September, Sarasota-based modern painter Alberto Cruz visited the school to talk about impressionism, abstract and modern styles. Business partner Shelly Windham of Shelly Windham Interior Design donated money for the school to purchase a Cruz painting, which was unveiled during that lecture.
PHOTO #1: Haitian artist Patrick Noze’s hands are a blur as he lectures and paints at Janie Howard Wilson recently.
PHOTO #2: Haitian artist Patrick Noze lectures while student Dashiel Blum signs the painting that they both worked on together.
PHOTO #3: Business partner Jim Weaver (left) meets Haitian artist Patrick Noze, with art teacher Tiffany Weaver in background.
PHOTO #4: Haitian Artist Patrick Noze selects Dashiel Blum to come on stage and help with the live painting.