Help me give my students knowledge of Panamanian Molas in a paper version, sew like Gee's Bend quilts, and explore mixed media a la Romare Bearden or Radcliffe Bailey while painting with tempera cakes atop of their collages.
The budding artists at my school face adversity in their young lives and deserve the ability to express their feelings with a WIDE variety of materials at their fingertips. Science Technology Engineering ART and Mathematics would be the main initiative for "BUEStudio 22". Access to multiple mediums enriches students' art-making experience and overall learning. Diverse materials assist in learner's making real-world connections to be global 21st-century thinkers and doers. Therefore, it is high-priority they are also educated about artists that resemble them. They are innately creative souls bursting with ideas & currently lack adequate supplies to realize those ideas.
My students' zip codes should not determine their STEAM fluency, and it is my mission to assure they have access to quality art supplies.
Our student body has a significant ELL and minority population, and I firmly believe that representation matters to engage them fully. Studies back this belief that students perform higher academically when they feel valued and acknowledged via representation.
Using the papers, glue, fabrics, and paint; I plan to broaden students' perspectives beyond the community and lift limitations. Honoring Hispanic Heritage Month, we will create colorful (paper) molas with the bright construction paper and amate inspired 'bark paintings' utilizing the liquid tempera. Several cultures from Native American to African and African-American have rich roots in fiber arts. Given access to felt and burlap, students can explore their own backgrounds by engaging in art lessons inspired by those cultures to create sewn artwork.
Additionally, I plan to continue embracing uniqueness by leading learning that shows students to love their individuality by creating their own original 'Ugly Doll' via hand stitching and pattern making.
Not only does this address self-esteem, but we make literary connections by writing comic strips and short stories to accompany students' original creations. Lastly, they'll make a final rendering using paint to show their doll in a custom environment.
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