A Sense of Community
July 11 & 12, 2012
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Join fellow members of the Arkansas Art Educators for this two-day professional development experience that will enhance your artistic and classroom practices. Combining intensive studio sessions and gallery exploration of artworks in Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, this workshop will explore the theme of community from three different, but overlapping perspectives: physical, emotional/spiritual, and cultural. The workshop will provide 12 hours of professional development. Cost includes most materials, breakfast, and lunch. Additional materials are suggested.
Session One: Gallery Exploration
Your workshop will begin with an in-depth gallery exploration and dialogue that will introduce the theme of community. Through facilitated discussion and activity, examine how artists have reflected on their own communities both in the internal and external world. As an artist/art educator, you can use these ideas to help inform your own art making back in the studio.
Session Two: Commemorative Collaborative Sketchbooks
After creating a collaborative cover, artists will create a sketchbook that we will put to good use during this session. To honor our hardworking art teachers, we will do what we rarely have time to do, but have wanted to do all year - we will sit and draw in the galleries of Crystal Bridges. Best practices and decorum will be discussed prior to sketching.
Session Three: Community Murals
After viewing works and sketching in the galleries we will discuss the idea of community and how murals can enhance different types of communities (school, neighborhood, city, etc.). Teachers will create individual thematic paintings that will also become part of a larger thematic collaborative mural. Paintings will be created on heavy board with tempera and acrylic.
Session Four: Altar-ed Boxes
As artists, we are spiritually and emotionally affected by people, places, and events in our lives. Inspired by Cornell's box assemblages and Nevelson's constructions, we will create a box in tribute to a person, place, or event. You will make a cover, then create spaces within the box. Bring photocopies of photos or images, found objects, and any other items you have collected that will relate to your theme to include within an 8" x 2" x 5" box. You will learn suminagashi, a Japanese process similar to marbling, which can be used as decorative paper for your box.
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