One of Bell PTSA's core focus areas is educational enrichment. Art with Mrs. Lustgarten is one of the enrichment programs the Bell PTSA funds and organizes. We were thrilled to welcome Michelle Lustgarten back into the classrooms starting in 2022. Click the video links below to learn more about the lessons and to see some of the recent creations from Bell students.

 

During remote learning, the PTSA continued to fund the Art with Mrs. Lustgarten program; however, we shifted from an in-person format to virtual video lessons. Scroll below to access the virtual lessons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


March 2021 Art Lessons

 

Photobombing Llama

Pete the Cat


February 2021 Art Lesson

 

Joseph Amedokpo

 

Jospeh Amedokpo is an abstract painter who lives in Togo, West Africa and incorporates geometric shapes, patterns, and bright colors in his bold art. He uses donated paints and discarded flour sacks stretched over wood for his canvases.

In 2008, Joseph Amedokpo was among four artists chosen to create designs for Dell's (PRODUCT) RED laptops. With each laptop sold, Dell contributed $20 to the Global Fund, which helps eliminate AIDS in
Africa. 

 

Faith Ringgold

 

Age 91, currently creates & lives in Harlem, New York.

Faith Ringhold's mother, a fashion designer, taught her to sew and gave her creating materials, scraps of fabric and a needle during the times she was at home battling asthma.

In her story quilt, Tar Beach, she shows a family gathered on top of a building to cool off at night and Cassie and her brother flying over the George Washington Bridge. Flying gives them the freedom to go wherever they want for the rest of their life. This echoes an important motif in African-American folk tale literature in which slaves told of “flying to freedom” as wish fulfillment or a metaphor from escaping
slavery.

“Freedom Quilts” hung on clotheslines and in windows and they included patterns that conveyed secret messages to guide escaping slaves to the north.

 


December 2020 Art Lessons

 

Gingerbread House

 

 

Nutcracker

 

 


October 2020 Art Lessons

 

Scarecrow 

 

Little Blue Truck