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Barbara Bailey Hutchison

Contact Name: Chris Dallas

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PO Box 22514
Nashville, Tennessee 37202
United States
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Phone: (615) 202-0281

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Barbara launched her career in music while majoring in art at Michigan State University. She began touring colleges & universities throughout the United States and was voted “Best Solo Performer”, “Best Acoustic Performer”, and “Best Female Performer”. She gained extensive experience performing throughout the 50 states, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, and Thailand.

She learned about running a successful business after starting Dakota Records, the independent record label responsible for fourteen of the singer’s twenty albums. She furthered her studio education when advertising production houses chose her to sing commercials for McDonald’s, Hallmark Cards, Heinz, and other national advertisers. Her experience with visual arts came into play as she began creating the artwork and designing the graphics for her many CDs.

Barbara received a Grammy Award for “Best Musical Recording for Children” and expanded her tour schedule to include children and family concerts. The ability to capture and hold the attention of children is something best learned by experience and she has well over a decade of on the job training in this area.

For the past 20 years, during the summer she has taught songwriting, papermaking, and portrait / figure drawing at Young Scholars Institute, and Kids on Stage, in middle Tennessee. Along the way, Barbara became familiar with the work of artist Chuck Close. She realized she could teach his use of a grid to students to help them improve their drawing skills. With her passion for portraiture, and her love of working with children, she created the Larger Than Life Portrait Project residency. She has since brought this residency to middle and high school students throughout NC and the southeast.

Skillfully bridging the gap between the performing arts and the visual arts, Barbara currently offers a variety of concerts targeted for children, families, and adults, as well as her portrait residency for students in middle and high school.


Sample Programs Offered

Program Title: "Larger Than Life Portrait Project" Residency

Program Type: Arts Curriculum

Program Description:

Students use a grid to create a large 20” x 28” self-portrait. Their photos are taken the first day of class, while they are working on a group mosaic. They then use these photos and a small ‘blind’ or viewfinder to help them transfer the image from the photo to their artwork. They develop their drawing skills, while being immersed in the language of art. We discuss value, shape, hue, tint, and tone, and also review the color wheel and how it’s used to blend neutral and neutralized colors. In keeping with the Common Core Visual Art Curriculum Standards for grades 7-12, students will understand and apply media, techniques, and processes. They will become better artists and learn life lessons that apply to everything they do.

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Program Title: Group Mosaic Project Residency

Program Type: Arts Curriculum

Program Description:

Students are each given a small square piece of a picture and shown how to use a grid to transfer that image to a larger square. All their large pieces will fit together to make a 4’ by 4’ finished mosaic of a well-known person. They don’t know whom they are working on until the pieces are put together. Using this technique, they learn to see what’s actually there, rather than what they think it might be. This helps them develop their drawing skills, while being immersed in the language of art. We discuss value, shape, hue, tint, and tone, and also review the color wheel and how it’s used to blend neutral and neutralized colors. In keeping with the Common Core Visual Art Curriculum Standards for grades 7-12, students will understand and apply media, techniques, and processes. They will become better artists and learn life lessons that apply to everything they do.

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Program Title: "Grab A Book" K-5 Musical Assembly

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

This time proven musical assembly is high energy, and VERY interactive. Many of the songs presented by this dynamic singer-songwriter-entertainer feature reading and the fun of exploring the library. She captivates her young audience while tucking in lessons in math, science, and language arts.  It’s perfect for K-5th graders. The teachers and staff will love it too.

Presenters have written:

“Students were highly motivated and participation was outstanding.”

“The highest Summer Reading enrollment we’ve ever had.”

“Excellent performance involving students and teachers.”

“I have witnessed many performing arts programs, hers was the finest!”

“It’s the BEST assembly we’ve ever had.”

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