‘I Can Make Art’ is Elena Malec next book, just in the point of being finished. I love Elena Malec works, all of them, from her classic watercolor paintings to her innovative pastel works or collages. She is a great arts researcher and she has worked with all kind of materials, topics and ways of expression. Some months ago, Yareah magazine published some Elena’s paintings titled ‘For peace and a better world for our children’ http://yareah.com/?p=1952, because Elena has always been interested in the world of children, full of possibilities and challenges. Picasso used to say ‘Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up’, a quote shared by Elena, a quote interiorized by Elena and the starting point of her new book.
Elena Malec, the artist, is also a poet and an author, with different published essays and short stories. I have the good fortune to have ‘People and Places’, a book with pastel scenes of life, a book of peace and tolerance, of respect for different beliefs, different life styles and ethnic diversity, because ‘There is a beauty and vibration of life everywhere on earth.’ Yes, she has a good background and we believed in her new objective: ‘I Can Make Art.’
She has just sent a chapter of the book to Yareah magazine, called ‘After the Masters’. Twenty six pages, clear passionate language, and love for art and artists. Different images of ancient master pieces, of pastel works honoring Mattise and Picasso… No doubt, Picasso is in her heart and this collage (22 x 28 inks) is a proof of it, but of her great technique and strong belief in art too.
After receiving the chapter, I have read it immediately and I will recommend ‘I Can Make Art’ to every teacher who wanted an aid to its work and to every teen who wanted to be introduced in arts.
…‘All the colors from red to the yellow green on the color wheel are called warm colors. All colors from blue to violet blue are called cold colors. This is simple to remember. The reds and yellows remind us of sun and fire, colors of summer. The blues remind us of snow and ice, cold colors of winter.
Now let’s cut and color construction paper for our own color wheel.’
The previous sentences are an example of Elena Malec pedagogic explanations, and how after a little description, she proposes a practical exercise (accompanied by photos of the working process) with a beautiful result.
… ‘These art projects can be done again and again in many ways and every child will have new ideas for art cards and collage art. This is in the spirit of modern art, Cubism, and the genius of Picasso to have endless ways of creating, by arraging and re-arranging the cutouts, the colors, the shapes of the design.
Let’s remember the Fauvism also called Wild beasts. With wild colors we can create an fauvist dove from Crayola construction paper or other brands of bright color paper.’
These are the final words of the chapter: wouldn’t you need to keep on reading? So would I.