SchoolArts Magazine

FEB 2019

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Our school devotes a significant amount of time addressing issues associated with tolerance, bullying, and discrimination in an effort to make all students feel safe and secure in school. We have workshops with invited guest speakers who discuss topics such as gender equality, rac - ism, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, age discrimination, and dis - ability awareness. No Place For Hate For their concrete poetry artworks, students focused on topics that were personal to them or situations they had experienced. They wrote their verbal messages and then drew thumbnail sketches for poster ideas. Students translated these ideas into digital imagery using Adobe Illustra- tor. Some students' works ended up as well-designed graphic posters, while others were beautifully illustrated concrete poetry. When the lesson was complete, students shared their artworks with the entire school population and public by hosting a gallery opening to show their artwork. The exhibit was titled No Place For Hate, and it was well received by all and was recognized by the Anti-Defamation League, whose mission is to enable schools to challenge anti-Semitism, racism, and bigotry. In an effort to rid our culture of predispositions, bullying, intolerance, and prejudices, our students have cre- ated works of art with insightful and meaningful messages. Cathy Tacci Beck teaches Drawing and Painting, Graphic Communications, AP Studio, and Art 2D at Palisades High School in Kintnersville, Pennsylvania. cbeck@ N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Presenting: Interpreting and sharing artistic work. W E B L I N K S - chez-2 and the American Dream, and Juan Sanchez examines racism. Discrimination as a Big Idea Many school cultures today refer to discrimination as bullying. Students are exposed to all types of bullying, such as cyberbullying, physical bully- ing, verbal abuse, and gossip. Both of our featured artists address diversity and issues that surround socioeco- nomics, politics, cultural differences, anti-Semitism, biases, and bigotry, or in other words, bullying. Aaron Lerch, Character Before Color. SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 33

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