"Art has the power to transform, to illuminate, to educate, inspire and motivate"-- Harvey Fierstein
My students are creative, smart, and willing to step up to a challenge.
We are a Title 1 school and live in one of the highest counties in the nation for food insecurity. We have big immigrant population from around the world. However, with the exception of our students who were born elsewhere, most of my students have never traveled outside of the state.
We are lucky to have 3 magnet programs at our school, and a strong art program. My class is a welcome change of pace for most of the students as they are able to utilize another part of their brain during art.
The Proficient art class, grades 11-12, will be creating portraits of and for orphans and other underprivileged kids as part of The Memory Project.
The Memory Project creates keepsakes for children who don’t have so much as a family photo.
The Memory Project recruits artists — mostly high school art students — to create portraits of orphans from around the world. The portraits are then given to the children, in many cases becoming one of their few possessions.
Each of my students will be given a photograph of a child and the student will then create a portrait from the photograph which will be given to that child. A photo of the student artist will also be taken, so that the child recipient will have a photo of the person who created their portrait. The portrait may be painted, collaged, or drawn in an array of media.
The project will teach my students basic facial proportion and how to measure to draw from a photo and creating realistic portraits within each artist’s own personal style. More importantly, the project will teach my students the impact an artwork can have on another person. The project will help my students to reach outside their own community and world to do something to help another child while at the same time, doing something they enjoy: ART!
My students will understand the “feel good” benefits of doing something for another person and become aware of children throughout the world, even within the United States, who do not have anything of their own, or any memory keepsakes.
This is an opportunity for them to practice kindness and service to others, and to reach across international boundaries through their artwork.
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