Artistic Discipline: Visual art, found-object sculpture, African drumming
I am Geraldine McCritty, painter, sculpture artist, African tribal drummer, percussionist, and DJ with thirty plus years of experience in entertaining and teaching children and adults. I believe in teaching the hands on, and keeping it simple approach. My objective is to share my passion for art and music as a form of therapy to be original, inspire, build confidence, explore, and share new ideas, that will make a positive impact in ones life and within our community. My teaching style is based on bringing art and music together as one. I teach how to create an original beat joined with lyrics that is inspired from the title of the art, to be presented as one creation. This is an original project I developed, because I believe this process teaches one how to be original, and this is my way of helping to shrink the world of copycats. I have taught this style for over thirty years to children and adults. Inspired by my West African culture and its philosophy of carrying burdens, which I refer to as loads of life. I teach by using found objects and tools of everyday life as materials. I also teach this way because, I believe helps to recycle and cut down on waist. Over the years I have performed, taught music, (African Tribal Drums) and art, to children in orphanages, master drummers from villages in Liberia, and Ghana, West Africa and Bermuda. I have also taught and performed for high schools and colleges in PA, Washington DC, MD, and Virginia. My work promotes originality, love, unity, and it helps one to be more accepting and willing to understand the differences in other cultures. I am also part owner of Pavaa Gallery, an African and African American gallery, where I also perform and teach my program Arts Beats and Dance.