Bear­den is May Artist of the Month

The Standard Journal - - ENTERTAINM­ENT - By Kevin Myrick [email protected]­stan­dard­jour­

The cre­ation of art is for some peo­ple also an op­por­tu­nity to teach oth­ers how to make their own vi­sions come to life. That’s just one of the many in­spi­ra­tions that pro­vides Mar­garet Bear­den with the want to share her tal­ents and love for var­i­ous medi­ums with peo­ple of all ages at the Rock­mart Cul­tural Arts Cen­ter.

Bear­den’s pos­i­tive spirit for the arts is re­flected in the joy she finds when she heads into class­rooms at the RCAC, and one rea­son why she’s the Stan­dard Jour­nal Artist of the Month for May.

Her pas­sion for art comes from a life­long love of bring­ing her imag­i­na­tion to life.

“I al­ways en­joyed cre­at­ing things,” she said. “My grand­mother was an artist. I didn’t have any art teach­ers in school un­til I was a bit older. An el­e­men­tary art teacher was some­thing I never had, so I kind of wanted to be the teacher I never had grow­ing up.”

She met that goal in both her ed­u­ca­tion and pro­fes­sional life in her early years as an ed­u­ca­tor.

A grad­u­ate of the Univer­sity of West Georgia in Art Ed­u­ca­tion, Bear­den pre­vi­ously taught art to stu­dents at Euharlee El­e­men­tary and Cen­tral Car­roll High School for 10 years un­til May 2016. Dur­ing that time, Bear­den was also named Teacher of the Year for 2007-08 at the school.

“Cre­at­ing some­thing out of noth­ing is, to me, one of the most re­ward­ing parts of be­ing hu­man. I am driven to help em­power oth­ers with the skills and con­fi­dence to make their own art, and make a mark on the world that is unique to then,” Bear­den said.

No mat­ter what class­room set­ting, Bear­den said the joy she re­ceives from teach­ing youth is all about en­abling oth­ers to create.

“It’s re­ally even more sat­is­fy­ing to me. I en­joy teach­ing, and mak­ing art is a lit­tle bit more sec­ondary to me,” Bear­den said.

What she re­ally loves about teach­ing artists young and old is em­pow­er­ing them with the skill and con­fi­dence to create on their own out­side of the class­room set­ting at RCAC.

When Bear­den sits down to bring her own tal­ents to the can­vas, she finds in­spi­ra­tion in re­cent times in hon­or­ing her role mod­els. Por­traits of var­i­ous artists, writ­ers, politi­cians and ac­tivists have pro­vided her plenty of peo­ple to cel­e­brate on the can­vas. The mixed medium por­traits start with char­coal draw­ings and are brought to life with a mix­ture of paints and el­e­ments that pro­vide tex­ture and con­trast in each work ded­i­cated to the life of some­one who has made an im­pact.

“I’ve al­ways been drawn to mixed me­dia. I like to take some­thing tra­di­tional like a por­trait — that have been around for hun­dreds of years, and are some­times old fash­ioned. I like to in­tro­duce some­thing un­ex­pected, cre­at­ing this kind of con­trast and it draws peo­ple at­ten­tion to it more.”

Four of the pieces in her se­ries com­pleted in re­cent months of her role mod­els can be seen at the RCAC, though the Maya An­gelou piece was on display at the Pauld­ing Fine Arts Gallery in a com­pe­ti­tion show.

Bear­den, a res­i­dent of Rock­mart since 2008, hosts sev­eral classes for both young and adult artists alike. That in­cludes Lit­tle Hands, Big Art is an hour-long class for 3-6 year olds with sto­ries, hand­son play, and messy art­mak­ing fun which is held on the sec­ond Wed­nes­day of the month from 10 to 11 a.m. Her sum­mer ses­sions of the class will be held on on Fri­days, 10 to 11 a.m. on May 31, June 7, 14 and 21. The class is $15 per stu­dent, and youth must be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult to par­tic­i­pate.

She’ll also be in­volved in Sum­mer Art Camps for chil­dren, and holds art lessons for ages 7 to teens, home school art classes, pri­vate paint par­ties and more.

Mar­garet Bear­den

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