I heard through the grapevine that arts educator Caren Andrews initiated a creative classroom project and included one of my favorite KQED Spark videos on Michael Arcega as inspiration for her students, so I tracked her down and asked her to share the project with us.
On a recent visit to Sara Stillman’s advanced art classroom at Emery Secondary School, students are immersed in a rigorous interdisciplinary mapping project on the history of Emeryville. Sparked by the Yale Initiative, a professional development program that offers K-12 teachers in urban and rural schools the opportunity to explore a topic in depth, Stillman began this unit at the high school after extensive planning at the University.
Chances are you’ve spotted the bright, vibrant colors out of the corner of your eye, splashed across the wall by graffiti artists for everyone to see, but are these pieces a form of art or an act of vandalism? Within the past couple of weeks, students across the nation discussed the value of graffiti in our #DoNowGraffiti post. We asked students, Describe the graffiti you see in your community. What stands out to you about it? Take a picture of graffiti art in your town and tweet it to us with your thoughts. Is it valuable? Do you want to see more or less graffiti in your neighborhood? What makes graffiti “good” or “bad”?
KQED Art School is thrilled to announce the winner of our cartoon drawing contest, Ms. KC Pamintuan, a 13-year-old student from Glendale, CA. Our esteemed contest judge, artist Sirron Norris, and all of us at KQED were impressed by KC’s excellent rendering of her favorite historical figure, Johannes Gutenberg.
Can a Venn Diagram be classified as art? The past couple of weeks, students discussed this question in our #DoNowVenn post. We asked students, Can a Venn diagram become art? What transforms a data collection tool into fine art? What are the elements needed to allow for this transformation?
Love them or hate them, selfies have become one of the most common ways people express themselves on social media. But can there be a deeper significance behind selfies? Within the past couple of weeks, students across the nation discussed whether or not a selfie is a form of creative expression or narcissism in our #DoNowSelfies post. We asked students Do you think selfies are a form of creative expression that communicate a message? Or do you see them as bad-quality photos posted online by narcissists? Or somewhere in between? Would you consider them an updated version of the artistic self portrait, visual communication, or something else?
Do you remember the song that you played with friends on your way to the beach? Or maybe the lyrics that seemed to have been written specifically for you after a bad break up? In the last two weeks, students across the country discussed how certain songs impact their lives in our #DoNowSong post. We asked students What are some of the best lyrics written and why are they meaningful to you? If you were to write a song, what would it be about?
We are big fans of San Francisco artist Sirron Norris featured him in an Art School episode about his work as a painter and animator. Youth media producers at BayCat are also admirers of Sirron’s work, and we recently discovered this terrific video interview with the artist where he discusses the details in his murals, his dog Rosie, the difference between street art and graffiti, and his personal history.