much of my time has been spent as a speaker on creativity
and the imagination in the public schools.
I talk about the art projects
as a way of raising the students awareness. This empowers
the young people to let them know that one person can
make a difference that they too can create a life with
and of meaning.
I talk to high school art
classes, middle grade school and grammar school students
and bring them into the studio and talk to them about
following that tiny little voice inside that says do
it this way, or that says what about this, or how about
this feeling or this way of thought. I tell them, "That's
your inner voice of truth talking to you."
They work in teams of 4
or 5 to get the idea of "community" yet they
can still use their own individual ideas and together
assemble unique marine creations that they then take
with them and paint up. I tell them that art is about
ushering in new ideas not about decoration. I tell
them that artistically I am self-taught and that if
you have passion about something you can get
I tell them we are globally
connected the sea, the water connects everyone
on the planet so what happens here happens everywhere.
photos of a class in Kovel's Studio
photos of a workshop on the water
in New London