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Art Installation - First Gallery Show

Planning and executing a show with almost 2000 art cards takes some effort. Groundwork Arts’ staff has put in over 150 hours to bring to you our first student art show!


Come join us at the opening…

Friday March 31, 5 pm - 7 pm

BLACK ROCK ART GALLERY

inside Joshua Tree National Park’s Black Rock Nature Center

9800 Black Rock Canyon Rd. Yucca Valley CA 92284


Or at least come see the show from

March 31 - April 26, 2023


Video of pasting 2 of 18 total boards (Heather Sprague, Melissa Sabol)

In January, students were inspired by Yucca Valley artist Juan Thorp (@thorpart), whose most recent Art Trading Cards focused on Automatic Drawings. For Thorp, Automatism is a relaxing way to make art using the unconscious mind, and the intent of ATCs is for them to be traded. Juan’s mantra, “Draw Every Day!”


The students experimented with this Surrealist practice of drawing automatically – no plan or idea – just draw and let the drawing create itself. Abstract images emerged, recognizable objects suggested themselves, and many images were further developed into other ideas.




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