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Mary Ruden

Contact Name: Mary Ruden

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Phone: (865) 579-1162

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MARY RUDEN Biography, Artist Statement

Websites: maryruden.com tnartseducation.org/teaching-artist-roster/mary-ruden/
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(865)579-1162 rudenm@gmail.com
1354 Springview Cir. Seymour, TN 37865

My artwork focuses on natural subjects such as butterflies, orchids, the human form, and musical themes. I have taught adult Art for over eight years, and have participated in art exhibits across the country in themes that are botanical, medical, musical, and wildlife oriented. Botanical illustrations for the International Orchid Society posters, International Heliconia Society, International Aroid Society, Bamboo Society, and others have been done over the years. Commemorative Christmas ornaments for Fairchild Tropical Garden for their new waterfall display included lush tropical foliage. Art in the Garden and other art classed were taught there for several years.

Botanical illustration painted onto sculpture was the technique used for two 8’ Flamingo sculptures for ‘Flamingos in Paradise’ in Miami Beach, FL. It was a project modeled after the CowParade in Chicago. One is still on display at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. More abstract versions in metal sculpture are in Public Art collections in the U.S.

My influences come from European travel where gardens, castles, and age-old artistic techniques exist. I also restore bronze monuments, and cast in metal.
I live in TN and have a tropical greenhouse to work from.

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Sample Programs Offered

Program Title: Introduction to TN Native Plants

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

Introduction to Tennessee Native Plants and Their Uses

Mary Ruden (865)579-1162 rudenm@gmail.com

Lesson Plan:

As a botanical artist, the instructor will show examples of classical botanical illustration throughout the ages. Plants native to Tennessee such as medicinal plants, edible plants and ones used for natural dyes, tools, shelter, and for artistic purposes will be explored. For instance, Ginseng is one of the most important native wild plants in Tennessee. Baskets and fabrics were historically dyed with seeds, roots and berries from the wild. Native hardwoods make some of the finest hard tool handles, fine furniture, and structural beams. Illustrations by the artist and information plaques are available, as well as books on the subject and some examples of Cherokee baskets made with natural dyes.

This is a lecture and demonstration type of program but may include some raw materials for students to touch and interact with.

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Program Title: Masks

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

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LESSON PLAN for ART Classes: Mask Making with Found Objects

Instructor: Mary Ruden Email: rudenm@gmail.com (865)579-1162

Objective:
We will make masks with techniques of mixed media or collage, and possible found objects. The masks may be representative of some in history, such as suits of armor. They may be based on animal faces, butterflies, bugs, etc. Butterfly masks are especially popular with children. This class can be for all ages.

We begin the class with an overview of famous artists or sculptor’s works of art in the discipline that we are studying. We will see sculpture by Picasso, or old master still life paintings which include fruits and vegetables that make up a portrait of a face, for instance. Armor for knights is another example we may model the masks after. Our goal will be to create masks that are colorful and imaginative, out of paper plates, ribbon, pictures of fruits, vegetables, animals, everyday objects, etc.
The instructor will work with each student to guide them into making a piece of art in any style and genre they choose: animals, butterflies, bugs, birds, vegetables, etc. The instructor provides examples that can be used to copy from that are generic, copyright –free, and instructs how to cut out and collage images and use ribbon, buttons, etc. for their work of art. We will need paper plates, scissors, glue, tape, colored paper, Xerox copies of armor helmets, bugs, butterflies, etc. that are royalty-free. Some buttons, ribbons, and any other small objects may be used. The masks may be worn, or displayed on a wall. This is a fun workshop!

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Program Title: Pastel Drawing

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

CONTENT OUTLINE for ART Classes: Pastels

Instructor: Mary Ruden Email: rudenm@gmail.com (865)579-1162

Outline:

We begin the class with an overview of famous artists or Great Master works of art in the discipline that we are studying: pastel drawing. We will use this as a model to aspire to, or a genre to work within, such as portraits, or landscapes. We will view great master Edgar Degas’ portraits, for instance. The instructor will choose a scene to present: a girl in a hat, a woman and child, etc. The class will see what it takes to create a piece by drawing, composing, shading and finishing such a piece. Some hands -on participation can be done such as each student making a few marks or shading an object on paper.

Each class has studio time in which the student will use art materials to create a work of art. For Pastels class, students will draw onto paper with the pastels. The instructor demonstrates the techniques needed to complete a work of art, and will bring in several examples of finished and unfinished art to display and teach from. The instructor will work with each student to guide them into making a piece of art in any style and genre they choose: landscape, portrait, abstract, etc. The instructor provides examples that can be used to copy from that are generic, or copyright –free. Students are instructed how to enlarge and prepare their own personal images for their work of art. By tracing their photos, or using an overhead projector, their own images can be enlarged and ready to draw. We will use a generic starter kit of pastels, and basic pastel paper, pencil and eraser.

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