NURTUREart’s Education Program, with a focus on community outreach, brings practicing artists into public schools for in-school instruction with students grades 3–12. Participating artists introduce art-making skills, techniques, and projects that develop critical skills for success in school and life including collaboration, innovation, critical thinking, and problem solving. Through collaboration with public school teachers and staff, the artists-in-residence utilize visual art to access academic content and promote school objectives while offering an outlet for student expression.
During the 2016-2017 school year, the high school students of Juan Morel Campos are working with artist Jaimie Warren and classroom teacher Deepak Ananthapadmanabha.
Inspired by her own practice, Jaimie is leading the students through the collaborative process of reimagining and recreating a popular film. Students learned about other artists who are inspired by popular culture and pre-existing material, before considering and selecting an original work to remake.
Students will learn accessible methods for creating costumes, props, and sets from paper, cardboard, fabrics, and found materials. They will incorporate creative and resourceful references to the original film, while using video techniques to create illusions. Students will be involved in all stages of the process including the storyboarding, directing, acting, filming, and editing. Working collaboratively will expose the students to the multiple roles involved in movie making, and the benefits and challenges of working in a team.
Jaimie Warren is a photographer and performance artist, and co-creator of the community arts project Whoop Dee Doo. Warren works with New York galleries The Hole, Higher Pictures and American Medium, and her work has been featured in publications including The New York Times, artnet, ArtNews, and ArtForum among others. Warren is a 2016 Maker’s Muse Awardee, a 2015 NYFA fellow in Interdisciplinary Arts, and a 2015 Abrons AIRspace resident. She is the recipient of the 2014 Baum Award for An Emerging American Photographer, and is a featured artist in ART21’s documentary series “New York Close Up”. Whoop Dee Doo (est. 2006) is a traveling, artist-led project and non-profit organization that creates ambitious installations and live performances as collaborations with community groups. Whoop Dee Doo is a 2016 Franklin Furnace Grant recipient, and recently completed a 6-month project series and artist residency with the High Line (NYC).