Every child has the right to an imagination. My visual arts students are creative, thoughtful, and full of wonder! They absolutely love hands-on, active, engaging projects and challenges that allow them to think as individuals. As they enter the art room and participate in our warm up meditation ritual, they are bravely ready to try new things and support each other in creative endeavors. Many of our students experience trauma, food, and shelter insecurities with a lack of resources to support their art making when they are out of the art room. They love creating and doing hands-on projects. While they are with me, I am dedicated to providing them with the best supplies and projects such as clay sculptures, painting, and printmaking. They are powerful and use visual arts to tell their narrative in their own words.
Empowerment and individualism are cornerstones to our arts programming. Working with textiles is very calming and satisfying for our students. Additionally, it is the perfect medium to share history from different traditions from around the world. Every year students learn how to sew, weave, and the process of using a pattern. This year I collaborated with a local sustainable clothing company to focus on the environmental impact of fast fashion and basic stitching techniques such as sewing buttons and appliqué.
For the upcoming school year, I would like to extend this work to include sewing machine basics to create a community work inspired by Gees Bend.
I would also like to include elders and the community member store to share their textile stories.
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