SchoolArts Magazine

DEC 2018

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A D V O C A C Y A rt All-State (AAS) brings high-school juniors from across Massachusetts to UMass Dartmouth for an intensive two-day collaborative art-making experience, working with teams of professional artists to create installations that explore contemporary themes using limited materials and time. AAS Beginnings AAS began when art teachers in Massachusetts identified a need to create opportunities for high- school students to interact with professional artists as a way to understand what it's like to be an artist working and living in the world today. It also provides exposure to contemporary art and practices in a way that students are not able to receive in a traditional classroom setting. Our tagline is "Limits: No Limits" because we believe that, given limited time and resources, when we work together, the possibilities are limitless. Artworks!, the New Bedford Free Public library, the New Bedford Whaling Museum, and the New Bedford Whaling National Histori- cal Park, along with the city's won- derful galleries, and many public art pieces and murals. With all of the interesting things to explore, it's hard not to be inspired! Facilitating Collaborations AAS is strongly committed to serv- ing adolescents and helping them understand the role of art in their individual lives and in the life of the community. The 144 students selected work with sixteen profes- sional artists to create large-scale installations in thirty-six hours using a limited number of materi- als. Students work in groups of eighteen with two artist mentors per studio group. Each group examines, discusses, and investigates works from local galleries and museums to inspire their collaborative work. The Art All-State Model Kristi Oliver Collaborative Community The notion of " collaborative cre- ative community" runs like a life- line through all aspects of AAS. It provides a shared, lived experience that connects participants, artists, educators, and community members regardless of the year they attended or their specific group project. Suc- cessful community building relies on successful community partner- ships . At its core, AAS is a partner- ship between the Massachusetts Art Education Association and the Col- lege of Visual and Performing Arts at UMass Dartmouth who find in AAS a way to achieve common goals. The Location While attending AAS, the groups visit the New Bedford Art Museum/ AAS provides a small taste of what it's like to engage as part of a creative communit . CONTINUED ON PAGE 37. Pit-Fowls temporary tape art Installation at the CVPA building, UMass Dartmouth, created for AAS by the Tape Art Crew. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8. THE ORIGINAL K iSS-OFF ® Stain Remover Before you throw it away... try Kiss-Off! "I had gotten blue oil paint on one of my fall coats... I felt like I should give Kiss-Off ® a try and lo and behold no more dried on oil paint! My jacket was saved." ~Malissa Removes: Ink · Oil Paint · Grease · Makeup · Blood · Lipstick · Coffee · Red Wine · Grass Stains & More Ideal for Classroom, Travel & Art Studio MADE IN THE USA Advertiser Index Advertiser Page AMACO 44, CIII Bailey 12 Blick Art Materials CIV Davis Publications CII, 4, 34 Kiss-Off 37 Little Bigfoot 37 L&L Kilns 2 Skutt 1 The SHOP Page Bailey 41 Blick Art Materials 41 Curator's Corner 41 Documenting Children's Meaning 41 The Open Art Room 42 Royalwood 42 Skutt 42 Youth Art Month 42 Artist Mentor Training The artist mentors attend a full day of training before student participants arrive. The artist mentors collaborate from the start, sharing their own cre - ative paths along with their current work and interests. From there, the artist mentors go through a series of engagement activities while learning about the current exhibitions and pub - lic works available as inspiration for their work with student participants. The program director and mem- bers of the steering committee, who have extensive experience working with teens, facilitate collaborative experiences for the artist mentors as a way to model how they can facili - tate similar engagement experiences with their student groups. Guiding, supporting, focusing, and delegating are key to making the collaborative installations come together. Assisting the group in decision-making ensures that all voices in the group are heard. The Tape Art Crew In addition, Michael Townsend, Leah Smith, and the Tape Art Crew will use tape to create a temporary drawing on the UMass Dartmouth campus that explores a contemporary theme. The group also holds a public talk about their collaborative work to reinforce the connections between creating col - laborative public art and that of the students participating in AAS. Lasting Impact In our thirty-plus years, AAS has had many participants tell us that this a truly life-changing experience. Since focusing on twenty-first century skills that are transferrable to many aspects of life—collaboration, com- munity, creative problem-solving, and contemporary themes—we have found that these are the components that stay with the participants long after the two days have passed. The impact is enduring for student participants who attend at a pivotal time in their lives when they are mak - ing important decisions about their future. AAS aims to assist in this pro - cess by providing a small taste of what it's like to engage as part of a creative community. The energy and enthu - siasm of the two days does not end there—it is carried back to the school classrooms, throughout our state, and back with our artists who often go on to collaborate with each other on future projects. Ultimately, everyone involved is left with knowing that possibilities and potential are truly limitless. Kristi Oliver is assistant professor of art education at the University of Massachu- setts Dartmouth. artallstate @ E a s y A s i a n B r u s h P a i n t i n g f o r A l l A g e s YVONNE PALKA $17.99 | 9781632172044 "Charming, practical, and a good guide to using a brush to create simple illustrations." —Kirkus Reviews SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 37

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