Ruth Asawa, artist and educator, was born in 1926 in Norwalk, California, one of seven children. She is celebrated as a modernist sculptor but her art training at Black Mountain College in North Carolina was in basic design and drawing (some of her works on paper shown above). She never stopped creating drawings, paintings and sculptures and in her later years became an active proponent in art education. She writes this about her teaching philosophy based on her personal experience:
“A child can learn something about color, about design and about observing objects in nature. If you do that, you grow into a greater awareness of things around you. Art will make people better, more highly skilled in thinking and improving whatever business one goes into, or whatever occupation. It makes a person broader.”
Images: Courtesy of the Estate of Ruth Asawa.