Free coloring book ‘Home is Where The Art Is’ offers pandemic art lessons

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The coloring kits are free. They include markers and watercolors. To register, go to eternalseeds.com.

NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans artist and activist Brandan “BMike” Odums wants to make sure young people stay in touch with their creative side during this pandemic.

“A lot of the homeschooling that’s going on right now is focused on the core curriculum and not really on the arts, electives and the like,” BMike remarked.

BMike is the artistic brain behind Studio Be, the 35,000 square foot warehouse that has garnered national attention for the powerful images BMike has created with graffiti art. It is currently closed due to the pandemic.

BMike and her team are using art to help us through this pandemic. They created a 32-page coloring book and activity guide titled “Home is where the art is.”

“I’ve turned a lot of my paintings…a lot of these large murals into coloring sheets in an effort to inspire kids to be creative and see themselves reflected in the coloring book and see the story reflected “, explains BMike.

Some of the images include Tank from Grammy-nominated local band Tank and the Bangas, James Baldwin,

Angela Davis, a black masked Indian, and a thank you card for frontline workers. StudioBE’s youth-led artist collective, “BeLite”, contributed to the book.

The coloring kits are free. They include markers and watercolors. To register, go to eternalseeds.com.

During the pandemic, BMike also created a graduation mural that will be featured in a nationally televised special titled “Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020.” LeBron James, the Jonas Brothers and more will join in the celebration. It airs this Saturday, May 16 at 7 p.m. on WWL-TV.

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