SchoolArts Magazine

FEB 2013

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High School Studio Lesson sort of visual journal in which students record private content within a symbolic code. ArtFul HeAliNg Linda Vorderer T he end of the semester is the optimal time to pull together prior learning into a culminating project that expresses personal meaning. Connecting to students' lives serves to engage them by connecting art to their sense of compassion. In this lesson, students construct a transformable book in which they depict a time when they have experienced healing. As a coordinator for a Rainbows program, an international grief support organization, I have witnessed the healing power of private journals. The book created for this lesson is a Art as Healer Expressing empathy through images of support, remembrance, and empowerment can be a powerful centering exercise for students. I emphasize how journaling can "resonate" deeply within them and promote healing. I introduce work by various artists with disabilities, including Chuck Close and Hollis Sigler. I share a small book I created when my sister was bedridden, in which I discuss my wish for her freedom to walk through images of wings. I next talk about the history of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the ways our environment has changed due to this legislation. I also share the story of two e. rtant to m s so impo lf. I always roject wa is p g myse oyle : " Th " to heali n Jessica D ep I took h ier way… fi rst big st t th is was a healt It's the u e dow n, b just brok 34 February 2013 SchoolArts

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