The Romare Bearden Project in the Classroom

The Romare Bearden Project in the Classroom

On September 2 2012, collage-artist Romare Bearden would have celebrated his 101st birthday, and many museums and organizations have set up honorary exhibitions throughout the year to honor the colláge artist  that defined the character of Black American life during the 20th century. The Studio Museum in Harlem organized an exhibition in tribute to Romare Bearden … Continue reading

City Art Lab: Welcome back from Spring Break!

City Art Lab: Welcome back from Spring Break!

Welcome back from Spring Break! Hope you guys had a good vacation and a good Easter/Passover! We’re continuing on from last time, here at City Art Lab. Our Social Media team have finished their trial version of their papier mâché sculptures, with individual figures of what transformation is to them. The Identity team is continuing … Continue reading

Everything is process and nothing is process

We have been exploring collaboration and product vs process in Special Projects 1 & 2. Art Education students in this class rotate (in teams of two) and teach City Art Lab for three consecutive sessions. City Art Lab is a free afterschool program that engages youth and arts educators in a rigorous exploration of social issues through creating, analyzing, … Continue reading

Great start for the third rotation!

Great start for the third rotation!

Today is the start of our third rotation here at City Art Lab! We are very excited to see what our two groups are creating. Both teams are working with papier mâché; the Identity team will be creating masks whereas the Social Media team will be exploring a more abstract theme regarding transformation. Looking forward to seeing the … Continue reading

Superheros and Comic Strips

Superheros and Comic Strips

Today is the last week of the second rotation in City Art Lab, and the baton of zine-making is passed from the Identity team to the Social Media team. The Social Media team focus on creating zines about stereotypes, continuing their similarly-themed project from last week, collaging from magazines and newspapers and drawing on their own figures. Meanwhile, … Continue reading

Designs and Zines

These past session’s students created visuals about the newest forms of communication, zines and social media, through the oldest form of communication, art! The identity team looked inward for inspiration and created a seven-page zine, each page dedicated to illustrating a characteristic or interest that they identify within themselves. From torn magazines, students constructed new … Continue reading

…and we’re off! City Art Lab Spring 2014 begins!

…and we’re off! City Art Lab Spring 2014 begins!

City Art Lab is off to a brilliant start! Participants have been divided into two groups “Social Media” and “Identity”. Throughout the program students are to explore, scrutinize, question and define how these themes are relevant to themselves, each other and the greater community. This past week students delved right into these concepts through various … Continue reading

always the sun in the corner

On my first day teaching Intro. to Art Ed, practically every student felt compelled to come clean about their relationship to and with art. Many told me they couldn’t draw, did not consider themselves artistic, knew the names of two artists ( Van Gogh and Picasso),were in this class hoping to learn some art to … Continue reading