Artist Cedric Michael Cox recently visited Mariemont Elementary, giving students the experience to interact, learn from and paint with an established artist.
“To have this experience with a professional artist who is not only humble, sincere and passionate about his work but also encouraging to every child he came in contact with was such an inspiration to our students and staff,” said Shelley Komrska, district art teacher. “Cedric was very relatable and possesses an incredible ability to share his work with our students, some of whom had the opportunity to work beside him in the same space, completely engaged and expressing themselves through art.”
He worked with the students in all grade levels as well as worked on an art project so students and staff could watch him in action and ask him questions in real time, as he was painting.
“We had a wonderful time with Artist-in-Residence Cedric Cox and are so grateful to our PTO for providing this experience for our students and to Mr. Cox for spending his time to share his talent with us,” said Ann Hobart, art teacher at Mariemont Elementary. “Our students had the opportunity to create art with him and with his input – what an unforgettable experience for all of our young artists!”
According to his website, Cedric is best known for his paintings and drawings, which fall between surrealism and representational abstraction. His work expresses themes ranging from mythical literature to the relationships between the physical body, musical allegories, and natural and man-made landscapes
“Your school has lifted my spirits and soul, and I promise to complete your paintings with the utmost love and respect for the children and community,” said Cedric Cox of Mariemont Elementary. “I hope that I inspired to kids to pursue their dreams. This experience has opened my horizons about sharing my work with a whole new audience. The kids and staff were very welcoming, caring and curious about me and my work. As an art educator, I learned different techniques of how my work can be presented to different audiences.”
If you would like to see more of Cedric’s work, the Taft Museum of Art presents “Color + Rhythm,” an exhibit that includes new paintings by Cedric Michael Cox, through June 25.