Middle School Art pre-pandemic was a hands-on, multimedia course. We reviewed the elements and principles of design, discussed how we can combine/identify/understand them, and explored a variety of ideas in conjunction with creative problem-solving, foundational skills and conversations about art history.
Due to the restraints of social distancing, virtual learning, and our inability to share materials, our options for art-making during the first trimester will be primarily drawing, video, and digital media. When we have an opportunity to fall back into a more normal studio routine, we will expand our medium options.
As we venture into new territory, after months of isolation, the need for social-emotional learning is front and center. Our students are hungry for connection. They deserve to be seen and heard.
That’s what this version of Exploring Identity is all about.
Children make some of the most ingenious and inspired artwork but need facilitators to constructively challenge their ideas, encourage investigation of the subject, and create a safe and supportive environment that cultivates an inquisitive and experimental space. Through dialogue, active listening, and group critique, these young people learn how to express themselves and conceptualize their imaginings into works of art that represent their individual styles, experience, and perspectives. Art provides us with endless opportunities to develop understanding, empathy, and revolutionary spirit.
This website is an art piece in and of itself. Ideally, it will scroll in perpetuity, as our imaginations are limitless.
The piece serves as a monument/tribute to the community we have cultivated in our virtual space, physical world, and specific time in our lives. Every second we share is valuable. Every conversation, every idea we craft, every laugh, tear, shout, smile, grimace, wink...it all counts and all deserves to be memorialized.
LOVE AND SOLIDARITY,