NURTUREart’s Education Outreach Program sends practicing artists into public schools for in-school instruction with students grades 4-12. Artists introduce art-making skills and techniques, with 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.
Artists Yescka, Kate Deciccio, and Max Allbee collaborated as artists-in-residence at M.S. 136 during the 2015- 2016 school year. These artists taught pattern, composition, color theory, and symbolism in preparation for a culminating outdoor mural project. The class of seventh grade students considered their personal stories as immigrants, while accessing knowledge from literary texts in their curriculum. Students learned spray paint and stencil techniques, creating personal images and large self portraits as they explored ideas related to perseverance and pride in relation to their cultures and community. The mural, with contributions by students, teachers, and the artist-in-residence was painted on the exterior wall of the school building in spring 2016.
In partnership with Open Source, a gallery and non profit in the school’s neighborhood, this program was planned in conjunction with “Transgressions”, an exhibition by artist-in-residence Yescka.
See more photos from this program on our flickr page.