Faculty Summer Plans: Rachel Van Wylen

Art Teacher, Rachel Van Wylen chose to paint or draw every day all summer. Read more about why below.

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

I’m excited to commit to a process and see where it takes me. The process I committed to is to paint or draw every day. I’ve admired the 100-day projects for some time, but realistically, I can’t pull something like that off during the school year and the summer falls short of 100 days. That said, I am hoping to create something whether it’s big or small every day. I’m looking forward to seeing where it takes me.

What is the 100 day project?

100 day projects started at Yale. The idea is that artists commit to doing a certain activity every day for 100 days. Since Michael Bierut started the project at Yale it has gained a social media following on Instagram:

“A year ago, a group of us launched a social media version of a grad school project conceived by Michael Bierut, a prolific, talented designer, writer, and teacher. For years, he led graduate graphic design students at the Yale School of Art in a workshop that he called “The 100 Day Project.” The premise for Michael Bierut’s class was simple: each student chose one action to repeat every day for 100 days. For example, one student made a poster in under a minute every day for 100 days; another danced in public every day and made a video; another student, Rachel Berger, picked a paint chip out of a bag and responded to it in writing for 100 days.

Basically, if you can dream it, you can do it. The only premise? Participants have to do the same action every day for 100 days, and they have to document every instance of 100.” – Elle Luna

You can find Rachel’s artwork on display and for sale at the Wren Gallery in Bethlehem, NH. 

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