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Art Trading Cards Gallery Opening

Groundwork Arts presents…


Showing March 31 - April 26, 2023

Featuring Elementary School Students in the Morongo Unified School District

2311 students / 10 schools / 102 teachers / 7 teaching artists / 16 featured artists

OPENING Friday March 31, 5 pm - 7 pm


inside Joshua Tree National Park’s Black Rock Nature Center

9800 Black Rock Canyon Rd. Yucca Valley CA 92284

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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