City Art Lab: Getting Back to Business

We’re back!

It was clear that the City Art Lab-sters had a full battery recharge following their well-deserved break — once all the class members had arrived, they wasted no time in rolling up their sleeves and getting down to business.

Keep scrolling for some in-progress sneak peek shots of the artwork that will be featured in our culminating exhibition!!!

Gallery M (123 135th St.)  on May 10th!

 Save the date!!!

details to follow…


ImageAfter having a week off for Spring break, the Value group dove right back into creating art around the value of Place exploring how artists use this idea as a way to connect with their audience.

Teaching artists Chuck and Jess kicked off their session with a recap of the first two weeks followed by an introduction to a new perspective on place; focus shifted from art installed in a particular place to artwork inspired by the identity and experiences of a location.


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The value group looked at the work of British photojournalist Dan Eldon, an artist who created collaged journals which depict different journeys he has embarked upon in his life.


A page from Sabrina Ward Harrison’s many journals

The class then looked at the work of Sabrina Ward Harrison, a Canadian artist whose work frequently takes the from of journals. Like Eldon, her work portrays the human spirit in day-to-day life by focussing on the affect  places have on our life experiences.


Zine-making underway!

Following the lead of teaching artist Jess in a paper-folding demo, the Value students learned to make their own 6-page journal (or zine, short for magazine) from a single sheet of paper! The rest of the class time was devoted to transforming their zine into an an account of a place that has meaning to them.



Kelly provides some advice for a detailed graphite drawing

In the Perception room, Maileen, Tina, and Kelly set up their materials-specific workstations and let the students loose to finish the projects they’d begun before the break.

At a certain point, the teachers experienced that best kind of classroom aimlessness: the students were all so intensely and intently focussed on their projects that the teachers weren’t even needed. The teachers asserted themselves at various points to offer critique and encouragement as well as setting up opportunities for students to learn from and critique each other.


As time wound down, the teaching artists brought the art-making to an end and played some rousing, carnivalesque music to set a lively tone for a musical chairs-style critique.


Nary a hand was clean at the sculpture table!


Sculpture? Painting? It’s up the the viewer to decide!



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