7/2/2013 (2:20pm)

Angee and Colin’s Bios

Angee Lennard

Angee Lennard is an artist, art administrator, and teaching artist. As founder and Executive Director of Spudnik Press Cooperative, she oversees a range of community-based arts programming including open studio sessions, classes, a residency program, keyholder memberships, consignment printing, collaborative projects, youth programming, and exhibitions. Angee Lennard is also a teaching artist, primarily through Marwen and Spudnik Press. As a Marwen Fellow, Angee acts as an advocate, role model, and researcher for Marwen teaching artists. Her own artistic practices includes printmaking and illustration. Her work is often narrative, incorporating comics and illustration. Past clients including Green Lantern Press, WBEZ, and musicians Jonas Friddle and Sunnyside Up. Recent group exhibitions include Expo 72 and Chicago Urban Art Space. She has been an Artist in Residence at AS220 and Ragdale. Professional affiliations include the Chicago Printers Guild, Southern Graphics Council, and Mid America Print Council. She received her BFA with an emphasis is Print Media from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005.


Colin Palombi


I am a print-maker, video artist, and educator. My work focuses on themes of repetition, discovery, and interpretation of documents and found materials through story telling. As an educator I recognize teaching as a creative process in its own right. I am interested in integrating my teaching practice, my art, and their respective processes in rewarding and inspiring ways.

These interests have deep roots beginning in High School. When I was 18, I was involved with a group of young artists that founded a not-for-profit organization whose mission was to provide creative outlets and resources for teenagers identifying as artists. The Association for Young Artists and Musicians (AYAM) played a big part in my decision to stay in Chicago after graduation. I went on to earn a BFA with an emphasis in film and video from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004. Through these years I worked as a youth group mentor, and founded a nationaltouring film series that was in partnership with Chicago’s Ice Factory, a shared artist space and collective.  It was through these experiences that I began to see that art making, working with youth, and facilitating space for expression and the sharing of ideas could be integrated.

Upon gradation I was hired by the Montessori School of Lake Forest (MSLF) to teach art, art history, and media literacy.

At this time, MSLF was just starting a new farm based adolescent program. By joining this emerging program, I was able to work with and learn from established teachers to develop a syllabus that integrates both academic work and practical life skills that fulfill the developmental needs of adolescents. I have been teaching at MSLF now for 8 years and have expanded in my role by working with students to sell and market produce grown on the farm, as well as to oversee a lunch program funded and run by entirely by the students.

My classes cover basic art skills from drawing to video editing, as well as provide a context in history and human development. I push my students to not only understand the elements of art, but also come to see that they are creative thinkers with their own unique strengths and approaches.

Over the years I have continued to hone my teaching practice through continued education. I completed the Association Montessori International (AMI) Assistants to Infancy training in Denver, CO in 2007. The following year I completed a Masters Degree in Montessori Education from Loyola College in Baltimore, MD. Most recently I have completed the Orientation to Adolescent Studies program offered by The North American Montessori Teachers Association (NAMTA) and AMI.

I have also found importance in pushing myself outside of Montessori education to experience other avenues of teaching. In addition to teaching at MSLF I have become an involved member and instructor at Spudnik Press Cooperative, a non-profit print studio, as well as a teaching artist at Marwen, another non-profit organization which offers free art classes to Chicago’s under-served youth.  It is through these two organizations that I have been able to teach in depth to my artistic strengths – printmaking and video.

I’m excited as ever to further develop my skills and insights as an artist and teacher. I’m interested now in expanding and building on what I know by learning from others and moving out of my comfort zone. I feel that I am poised, professionally and personally, for new challenges and experiences.

In 2010 I was asked by a literary publication, Artifice, to create a time-based companion to a poem. This spawned my current interest in animation as a collaborative process to tell stories and explore repetition and rhythm. I have since taught several workshops and classes in optical toys, animation, and its history. I recently collaborated with Angee Lennard to expand our understanding of the medium and found in her a creative partner. We have come to realize that animation is an exciting medium that draws on our individual strengths. By collaboratively teaching through Dramatic Need, we hope to supplement each other’s specialties, and learn from each other as well as our students.

Introduction Time: Just write your name down and one word that describes you. So you got such words; hard worker, worker, funny, mellow, deep etc.

Our Volunteers story in pictures. 

6/27/2013 (2:01pm)

Our Volunteers are here and working

The long awaited arrival of the two Dramatic Need volunteers finally came on the 21st of June 2013. Angee and Colin used the Potchetfsroom route to get to Viljoenskroon and because the road is not as good as the via Parys one they looked tired when they arrived. They spoke about the distance and the fact that they were tired. They did not want to sleep though, insisting that they needed to stay awake until it was dark in order to adapt to our time.

So Angee and Colin are here to take our children through a journey of comic animation. It was not an easy concept to immediately share with our children but they managed to explain and create a lot of interest and excitement in our children. Now they cannot stop working and they do not need to be reminded to come to the Piet Patsa Arts Centre which has become a hive of activity these days 

Most youths would rather use their school break time playing and of course some in the streets doing mischief. That we are oversubscribed by young girls and boys during school holidays just goes to show how important the work that we do is at Dramatic Need. Given a chance these children would sacrifice their whole three weeks doing art at Dramatic Need.

We have also extended this art form to the Roman Catholic community at Rammulotsi. Through Fr John we have been able to bring together orphaned youths that are affiliated to their parish. This means Angee and Colin have a busy three hours in the morning between 1000Hrs and 1300Hrs. They go for lunch at 1300Hrs before they proceed to the Rammulotsi Roman Catholic Hall to do the same activities with the children there. They are there for two hours.image


On the 20th of June 2013 our Dramatic Need children waited eagerly for our long awaited Volunteers, Angee and Colin from Chicago. Instead of idling the children got busy assembling the volunteers bicycles that were bought as pieces. They even went on to try them to make sure that they would work for their special visitors. 

Angee and Colin we await you!

Dear Dramatic Need child. You have given a lot of thought to this drawing. You have used both hands to make it this good. You have taken your time to put colour to it and now I challenge you to make it.

6/11/2013 (9:13am)

We have drawn and now we are making

It is important for our children to learn the principle that for anything to be properly made there is need to finish it first before one makes it. This might not make sense when we first read it but it makes a lot of sense when we go back to it with much thought. It speaks to the need for the DESIGN stage to any form of making. When we design we imagine and draw what we want to make. We scheme what we are going to make and give it its imagined features. What is made without drawing or designing might lack certain features that the benefit of design would have given it.

When people go wrong in execution, they talk of ‘going back to the drawing board’ and this always implies work and a lot of work. It means things are not working and we need to put thought to it and go back to the scheming stage. 

When properly drawn and designed, the making stage swift sails and is more exciting. So Our children at Dramatic Need are excited about going to the second stage of our art, craft and story telling project which is the crafting stage. We now want to make objects out of what we have drawn.

So we are making use of different forms of materials and we are grateful to anyone out there willing to donate any material we may use.

There is a growing recognition that working therapeutically in schools with children who have special educational needs or challenging behaviour helps problems associated with LOW SELF-ESTEEM, POOR ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE AND UNRULY BEHAVIOUR.

Caroline Casey and Tessa Dalley

Three Peaks and a Wedding!: A huge week for our amazing trustee Phil Drew - not only did he commit to climbing the three peaks in aid of Dramatic Need, but his lovely girlfriend agreed to marry him! That’s a wedding and an engagement in the DN team in 6 days! Can you feel the love? Help spread that love by supporting Phil’s quest (and Dramatic Need’s work) by donating £5 to his three peaks challenge!: http://www.justgiving.com/PHIL-DREW

He’s not got far to reach his £1000 target! 

He really deserves it after one heck of a week….

The Dramatic Need team would like to offer our heartfelt congratulations to our South African Operations Manager Bhekilzwe Ndlovu who this Saturday will marry his great love Mpho in a traditional Tswana ceremony in the North West Province. Bheki and Mpho, we wish you every happiness - both on Saturday and in the future! 

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Our Art, Craft and Story telling project takes another step this week and the next week as the Dramatic Need children begin to create craft work out of their pictures. 

A tale of two pictures.

What is learnt in pleasure stays as a treasure

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Our children are not without desires and aspirations. When asked to draw their story they tell their deep seated desires; to hit the winning line and emerge a winner. No child anywhere in the world does not want to win.

Dramatic Need attempts to make these children not only draw their dreams but to make them believe they can pursue them as well.

The analogy of art being a bridge between inner and outer worlds is sometimes used by art therapists to describe their role as mediator and to describe the function that a picture can have, holding and symbolising past, present and future aspects of a client, linking unconscious to conscious imagery.

Caroline Case and Tessa Dalley