Auctioned at Kimball Jenkins Art School to raise funds for children’s Art classes and the estate
Originally published at Artists Unleashed Blog see below:
Artists must be given credit and/or payment for their work. Their requests may vary: an online artist may not need to be asked directly when someone uses their work, but they need credit to be given; painters may want their names under a poster used for a company, and to be fully involved in the process of creating the poster; a musician may want to get paid and receive full credit for one of their songs used in an advertisement. If these requests are violated, they could potentially bring a case involving copyright. It is important to give credit and acknowledge the artist and all of their requests….
I am 15 years-old. Today I was featured on ArtistUncoved.com’s ‘Art talk-Ten Questions’.
1.How long have you been an artist?
I am 15 and art is something I have always done but I started sharing with others at 11….
(Originally posted at ArtistsUnleashed see full article at link below)
Harry Potter, a beloved book bursting with enchantment, mystery, and imaginative writing, was seen by some as a book that promoted witchcraft and anti-Christian themes. The series is banned by a few religious groups and schools. In Marcia Amidon Lusted’s Banned Books, she describes the prohibition of the book, writing, “Some religious groups feel that these books steer children away from God and the church.” Should books be banned and ostracized for themes that people can enjoy and learn from?
I believe banned books should be shown to children to educate them about censorship and themes that are seen as inappropriate to certain demographics. However, in opposition, some may think these topics are unsuitable to be observed by young people. If these themes are explained to children, it could inform them about the viewpoint of groups who believe in censoring, and grant them an awareness of a story that may benefit them before they read. Therefore, books that are banned should be shown to students to increase their awareness of censorship; they can teach kids about literature, and why some themes in books are seen as inappropriate.
A number of people may believe books such as Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer should never be taught to students. However, a teen’s article on a website called Teen Ink discusses why Huckleberry Finn should be taught from a student’s perspective. The book can be an educational experience because of its highlights on America’s history of racism. They state that Huckleberry Finn should be taught because “it was a stepping stone in American literature.” Furthermore, the author says, “The fact that one derogatory term is used in it does not make it a bad novel … it is about freedom and the pursuit of happiness….”
Read full article : Why Books Should Not Be Banned
Below are photos of my artwork in the show. There are many amazing student works! The show is opened until July 03.
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Let America Be America Again
by Langston Hughes (1902-1967)(excerpt)
…O, let America be America again —
The land that never has been yet —
And yet must be–the land where every man is free.
The land that’s mine — the poor man’s, Indian’s, Negro’s, ME —
Who made America,
Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain,
Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain,
Must bring back our mighty dream again.
Sure, call me any ugly name you choose —
The steel of freedom does not stain.
From those who live like leeches on the people’s lives,
We must take back our land again,
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Foxes and Their Mythology:
Kitsune in Japanese folklore are revered creatures, protecting the land from “kimon”, or demon gates. The woodland animals guard the demon gates to the northeast of Japan to keep evil at bay. They are envoys of Inari, the god of foxes and rice. Foxes guard the god’s shrines and defend whoever works, lives near, or comes to the shrine. The animals are bursting with honor and pride, and have their own ethics and ideals. The significance of kitsune and their beautiful folklore inspired me to create my shop, “FoxesAndThings”, which is based on this folklore. The majorities of original characters on the shop are inspired by their stories. I hope you like my small art show here at Concord Library!
Amaranthia Gittens-Jones Art Folio Info: https://artavita.com/artists/8158-amaranthia-sepia-gittens-jones
15 year old Amaranthia Sepia (Eternal Brown Flower) Gittens-Jones is a homeschooled artist. She attended Pal International School and Nischimachi International School, Tokyo, Japan 2004-2006. Currently, Amaranthia is homeschooled in the USA. Amaranthia gave herself the artist name’AmaSepia Chan’ at age eight and declared her purpose: to become an artist. She has been on a focused and disciplined mission to achieve her goal since then. Her artist name was a combination of part of her first name and middle name. She adopted ‘Chan’ from the Japanese language. The honorific title is usually used for girls. Amaranthia now uses ‘AmaSepia’ or ‘Sepia’ as her signature. She has studied with acclaimed artist Ian Torney and teacher Sylvia Brofos of Kimball Art School, Concord, NH. She is recently took illustration classes with Australian artist and teacher Kim Roth. Amaranthia was awarded a full scholarship at Kimball Jenkins at age 12. She attended art classes, including adult classes, since then. Amaranthia is a monthly guest blogger for Iamthatgirl.com a non-profit organization for the empowerment of teens and young women. She makes yearly art donations to help individuals and charitable organizations. Her store Foxes And Things on Etsy was opened in March 2015. The ‘fox themed’ store was inspired by her love of Japanese ‘foxlore’ and mythology. Amaranthia is homeschooled and a full-time student at Virtual Learning Academy (VLACS). Foxes And Things Etsy was part of an experiential learning Opportunity (ELO) at VLACS this past school year.
SOLO SHOWS: Oscar Foss Library, Barnstead, NH October 2013
Chichester Public Library, Chichester, NH December 2013
NHTI Library, Concord, NH January 2014
The Works Café, Main St, Concord, NH February 2014
“Spring Art Exhibit,” Group Show Merrimack Bank Concord, NH April 2014
STUDENT ART SHOWS: Kimball Jenkins Art School, Concord, NH 2012-2015
RECENT DONATIONS: Rise Again Outreach, New Hampshire, March 2014 and 2015
The Friends Program and Kimball Jenkins Art School, Concord, New Hampshire, April 2014
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