Counting UP, Counting Down

Written by Jan on . Posted in Carroll Avenue Quebec Terrace, Common Ground

“Wow – is this really a COLLEGE?” one incredulous middle school student was overheard saying as she floated down the hallway of the Cafritz Foundation Art Center (Silver Spring/Takoma Park campus of Montgomery College) towards the ceramics classroom. College-age students were just emptying out in preparation for a visit from the dozen or so middle and high school-aged youth from the Carroll Avenue Quebec Terrace community in Long Branch who visited the school on April 13. Not only was it the first-ever introduction to a college campus for most, but it was a first date with extra-cool Professor J.J. McCracken. 2013-04-13 15.28.22

In no time, 4” tall numbers were being snapped out of freshly-rolled porcelain clay in hefty copper cookie cutters. An hour or so after arriving, over 200 individual numbers were being painted with glaze and prepared for a special “single fire” process. The beautiful white objects emerged from the kiln a week later, itching to be popped into mosaic address plaques which will be constructed by Common Ground participants this summer.

Our many thanks to the wonderful folks at Montgomery College, and the YMCA and AOB staff members who made this memorable adventure possible!

As of the date of this posting, the spring session has ended and the count down to the summer season has begun. Please return back to this blog often to catch up on developments at CAQT!

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Final Hurrah at the Hirshhorn

Written by Pour Your ART Out peeps on . Posted in Pour Your ART Out

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For our last day of our winter/spring session, Arts on the Block took a field trip to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, viewing and engaging with all types of work from film, to sculpture, to more traditional media paintings. Everyone enjoyed the fun art-filled trip, and later we ventured to Plaza Art Supply in downtown Silver Spring for some shopping.

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A big thank you to Jan our executive director, and to Art 4 Moore and Plaza Arts who made the shopping trip possible. Our apprentices loved shopping for their new art materials, eager to create new work with their purchases as soon as possible. It was truly a great season with you all, and I’m so glad I got to be apart of it.



Until next season…

March 23, 2013

Aprill H.

Mock Interviews and a Surprise Birthday Celebration

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Silvia Huezo of Red Hue Boutique interviewing an apprentice


Emily McDonnell of Montgomery County Recreation interviewing an apprentice

AOB would like to send a huge thank you to the job interviewers that came by the studio — namely Jose Dominguez from Pyramid Atlantic, Silvia Huezo from Red Hue Boutique, and Emily McDonnell from Montgomery County Department of Recreation. Resumes in hand, new and returning apprentices got to experience a job interview. Afterwards, interviewers gave apprentices great feedback and constructive criticism so that each could rise to the occasion as they venture into the world of work. Without a doubt, each apprentice will strive to do great things in the future, and AOB is proud to be a supporter and contributor to their success.

Carien cutting her surprise birthday cake

Carien cutting her surprise birthday cake


  There was also a surprise birthday celebration planned by the apprentices and myself for our very own Lead Artist Carien Quiroga who had no idea what surprises were in store for her later in the day. The apprentices and I surprised her with a wonderful cake and of course–singing and many well wishes for the future. Carien, we all hope you had a wonderful day, and all of us from AOB are so grateful for you and your passion for advancing youth development and art education. March 20, 2013 -Aprill H.