Visual Art Sessions at Pathfinder
In Fall 2016, Artist Nancy Konrardy, with the assistance of her son Aaron Proett, lead twice weekly visual art sessions at Pathfinder, the education program for the Lancaster County Youth Services Center. In Spring 2017, we were able to increase the offering to three sessions per week. In these sessions, students had the opportunity to create complex and sophisticated pieces of art, explore visual art techniques, and learn about art history. More importantly, these sessions provided a chance for the students to express themselves and tell their stories.
Andrea was a student at Pathfinder for only a short while, but in that time, created a powerful “Picasso head” which is a piece of art that tells her story. She also did some writing that accompanied her artwork. Andrea’s Picasso head expressed her struggle of feeling like she lacked her own identity, and explored her past relationship with drug abuse, and the toll it had taken on her body. The finished product was beautiful in both an actual and figurative sense. Perhaps Andrea best summarized the hopeful culmination of her work: “…now it’s my turn to find me.”
These important art sessions are made possible by the generous support of The Pearle Francis Finigan Foundation, and the Nebraska Arts Council and Nebraska Cultural Endowment.
Photo credit: Nancy Konrardy