Canvas collage? Abrakadoodle is always on the lookout for fresh new ideas to bring into its international creative children’s art program. When Abrakadoodle staff member Kathy Armstrong and Abrakadoodle-Illinois franchise owner Lisa Hoffmann discovered the imaginative art by South Carolina artist Robin Anne Cooper, they brought it to the attention of Mary Rogers, Abrakadoodle’s CEO. In short order, Mary commissioned original artworks by Robin.
“Kids so often associate art with well known artists of the past like Picasso and Rembrandt,” remarked Mary Rogers, adding, “Abrakadoodle features these classic artists, as well as some of today’s working artists like Robin Anne Cooper, who create amazing artwork that inspires kids to be creative and see how real people incorporate art into their lives and their work.”
Robin has been working as a professional artist for eight years, having recreated herself following a downsizing in the IT industry. She began experimenting with collage materials and discovered that canvas satisfied her need for art material that was thick, stiff and gave her control over the color. Robin uses a unique style of canvas collage, which she paints, cuts into pieces, and then she arranges the pieces to make unique artworks that typically feature such whimsical designs as animals and children.
Robin Anne Cooper’s artwork will be featured in Abrakadoodle’s springtime Kids on Canvas instructional art series for children. Robin notes, “I think it’s great for kids to learn about art, different techniques and make choices about design that reflect their own sensibilities. I was really happy when Abrakadoodle called. They stand behind artists and creativity.”
“I am delighted to help support Robin and thereby her local economy, while buying customized art made in the U.S. I also feel it is so important for kids to learn about artists who are actually working today, creating fresh wonderful art and are in fact making a living doing so,” said Rogers.