THE STORY SEWN

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LESSON ABSTRACT

Students will create a “you” doll sculpture and poem in the style of Della Wells. This sculpture should embody this individual and show the viewers who this person is and what they represent. This lesson teaches students about painting and reinforces sewing techniques.

THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME: COLLABORATIVELY BUILDING COMMUNITIES

LESSON ABSTRACT

Inspired by the work of artists Wesley and Ricky Willis, students collaboratively explored community building through visual arts and dance. During this project, students discussed their experiences in their own communities, as well as the social and physical resources needed to create a neighborhood. How do we build places that can connect people with what they need and with each other?

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PAINTING THE SACRED SELF

LESSON ABSTRACT

Through this lesson, students will explore their individual beliefs by combining words and images in a self-portrait inspired by Howard Finster. Students will explore their individual beliefs by combining words and images in a self-portrait inspired by outsider artists Reverend Howard Finster, Lee Godie, and Willliam Hawkins. They will give text new life by combining several art techniques: portraiture (drawn from photographs taken by the students themselves), landscape, symbolism, and pattern. Students will combine and overlay these various techniques, along with text, to create a painted self-portrait cutout on wood.

FOUND POETRY

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LESSON ABSTRACT

Inspired by Tyree Guyton's Heidelberg Project in Detroit, students will collaborate using literature, poetry and objects to create sculptures to better understand various ways of communication.

IMAGINARY PLACES, SACRED SPACES

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LESSON ABSTRACT

This lesson will focus on the idea of imaginary places, sacred spaces and how humanity connects to the idea of the unseen divine. Students will make connections between the high art of Gaudi’s cathedral, “Sagrada Familia” and the art of two outsider artists, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein and Simon Rodia, both working on similar themes, the sacred and imaginary.

THE FOUR ELEMENTS

LESSON ABSTRACT

Our Garden, Ourselves This project consists of designing and creating four murals to enhance the four corner posts of a student built pergola. These murals will depict the Four Elements of Fire, Water, Wind and Earth as conceptualized by the students.

LOCAL HEROES

LESSON ABSTRACT

This interdisciplinary unit will ask students to analyze the influence of a person’s personality and upbringing on their choices and achievements later in life. We hope through this unit that students will internalize the idea that they can make a contribution to their community no matter who they are.

A PIECE OF ME IN MY COMMUNITY

LESSON ABSTRACT

Through this lesson, students will develop their knowledge of outsider or self-taught artists and their inspirations, including Henri Rousseau, Clementine Hunter and Johann Fischer. They will apply this knowledge in the development of a painted relief combining text and imagery in the style of Johann Fischer as an “ode” to our community, including a descriptive poem and images.