It’s funny how, when people come in to RCTV for one reason, they often get hooked for others.
That’s what happened with Athesia Benjamin, who came to photograph RCTV’s Annual Meeting in December. She liked what she saw and the people she met. The next thing she knew, she was meeting to plan her first episode of a show she is calling Art for the People.
Taking inspiration from the Bob Ross programs she watched as a child, Athesia plans to host a half-hour program where she’ll do an art demonstration and walk viewers through how to create an art project from start to finish with canvas and paints, paper and markers, raw clay or other tools of the trade.
For her first episode, shot yesterday, she began with a simple still life of two tulips and she brought them to life on canvas using acrylic paints. The majority of the painting was painted live, and she’ll take the piece home to add final details, then will post the completed work online.
Athesia will be launching an Art for the People facebook page where she’ll stay in touch with viewers and describe the next show’s project and what equipment will be needed so viewers can join in.
When we asked Athesia about her work and the reason for starting her show, she shared, “My career as an art educator has been incredibly rewarding. Over the past ten years, I’ve had the privilege of helping students of all skill levels clearly see and translate visual information. Miraculously, the ability to see a still-life, or a figure, with clarity enhances their everyday life. They become more sensitive to the way light and shadow falls across the face of a stranger. They begin to find beauty in the reflections seen in a puddle after rain has fallen. Most satisfying is that they leave my class with a little more confidence in their ability to create something great.
She goes on to say, “Outside of my classroom and workplace, I’ve met many people who say they love art, but can’t draw a stick figure! Or they love art history, but have never taken a class. My goal for Art For the People is to foster that interest in art that most people seem to possess. I hope that, with my on-air instruction and guidance, viewers will be encouraged to create.”
In addition to her art lesson, Athesia plans to share snippets about art history and interesting works of art she finds online.
Coming up next on Art for the People? Discover how your doodles can become exciting art through their use in Zentangles.
Watch for Art for the People by Athesia Benjamin, coming to RCTV, beginning in March!