Recently I had the pleasure of teaching in a summer school classroom of 3rd grade students with varying capabilities and interests, such as ADHD (Attention-deficit and hyperactivity disorder) and ODD (Oppositional defiant disorder). The ELA (English Language Arts) lesson that was most effective for students across the spectrum involved a hands on art making activity.
The lesson began by reading the book, An Eye for Color: The Story of Josef Albers by Natasha Wing. Students were then invited to create their own Josef Albers inspired compositions. With a pleothera of colors and squares students came up with unique and powerful artworks. Students enjoyed having the time to be creative and were excited to take their work home to show their families!
On Sunday, August 16th from 2-4pm families are invited to a drop-in workshop inspired by Lauren Halsey’s artwork in the Everything, Everyday exhibition at The Studio Museum in Harlem. As a 2014-15 Artist in Residence Lauren constructed one of her “kingdoms,” built environments that combine contemporary and ancient imagery with materials ranging from crystals and LEDs to lasers, iridescent light and more in the Mezzanine Gallery space. Families are invited to think on how might they build their own kingdom and create their own sculptural creations.
Below are some photographs I took of the installation at The Studio Museum in Harlem
Check out one of my colleagues fabulous blog highlighting her experience at the Thirteenth Annual Alum of Color Conference (AOCC) at Harvard Graduate School: