Process oriented children's art sessions in New York
Who are we?
We are a group of young people in the process of developing a model for children's art education (aimed at 7-12 yr. olds) that is grounded in playful experimentation. We are in the midst of sessions that explore one of the fundamentals of art, the line, and are looking for your support to extend and expand our project.
What motivates us?
Our program is motivated by reflection on our experiences as artists, art students, and art teachers. When we were kids we were taught that art was painting, drawing, and sculpture but it’s evident that art doesn’t only exist in these traditional mediums. Over the past century art has expanded its reach across disciplinary boundaries and materials, creating a situation in which artists often find themselves working in a wide variety of mediums and contexts in order to follow the path of an investigation. At the same time we feel that children's arts education can and should extend beyond the limits of the production-consumption cycle in order to take into account all varieties of aesthetic experience.
In keeping with this, our sessions are primarily process oriented and seek to playfully explore the space of the intertwining of receptivity and creativity that makes up an artistic practice. As a guiding principle we feel that it is important for art educators to pay attention to the total art learning context. We are building a program that considers the fact that the room we sit in, the people we talk to, and the materials we use all in their own ways have an influence on our artistic process.
How do the sessions work?
Each session is organized around a specific theme, for example: The Line in Music.
At the beginning of each session we get to know each other with a nametag game. Ex: Say your name in a voice that you've never used before.
We introduce the theme of our class using images, video, sound, or objects that connect to the subject of our session during Visual Sharing + Conversation.
We do group activities that are designed as experiments that pose the question “What difference does this make?”
Ex: In the case of The Birth of Line we do an activity where everyone dips their feet in paint and walks in a line leaving visible footprints. This exercise encourages participants to think about the paths they walk as lines – how can we think about our walking differently if we understand walking to be a form of line drawing?
What do we plan on doing next?
This summer we are offering another four-week cumulative program about line for free followed by a schedule of sessions open to all ages with the hopes of providing a space for inter-generational artistic collaboration. It will be an opportunity to explore the fruitful encounters that adults and children can share when learning together. For these sessions a wide variety of guest artists will be visiting to lead activities distilled from their own investigations.
In the short term we would like to be able to continue to offer free summer classes and build relationships with local families. In the long term we would like to become an affordable after school and weekend art option for children in Chinatown, Lower East Side, and other near by neighborhoods.
Your contributions will make it possible for us to keep this program accessible to anyone who wants to participate. We really need your support for the following expenses: Space usage fees (Classroom, Storage, Maintenance), Materials (Slide and Digital Projector, Rug, Large Rolls of Paper, Tape, Yarn, Paint, Snacks) Advertising/Printing, Transportation, Legal Fees (Becoming a Not-for-profit).
Upstairs is one of the many projects that are part of CAGE - www.cage83.com
Cage is a conglomeration of collective and individualized projects. These projects have a variety of manifestations, from lectures, performances, meetings and children's art sessions. Cage's location at 83 Hester Street is the physical component to a series of social interactions between individuals in and outside of the artist's role in which anonymity and publicity are in constant negotiation.
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