SchoolArts Magazine

OCT 2013

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High School Studio Lesson ruNNer-uP! Keep Inspiration Alive Lesson Challenge inspiration Lesson: "art as social Concern" by stephanie Hodge, February 2010. with Purpose Debi West I was very excited to read about The Alliance of Civilizations the SchoolArts "Keep Inspiration Not long after I read this article, I Alive Lesson Challenge" because heard about an art and essay compeI truly believe that learning from tition run by the Istanbul Center, a one another is quite nonprofit humaniMy goal is to get my possibly the best tarian organization recipe for making students to think critically, based in Atlanta, ourselves better creatively, and divergently Georgia. Like teachers. I have a Stephanie's article, as they work through their the competition SchoolArts magatechnical skills to create zine collection that advocates social masterpieces—ultimately, awareness in teachdates back to the early 1990s, and I ing and learning. telling their stories. love to peruse the The theme of magazines for fun, educational, and the competition was "The Alliance of innovative lessons to springboard from, Civilizations." It was exactly the kind continually creating rich lessons. of lesson I wanted to share with my students — one that made them think Art as Social Concern deeply about our world and social I am always dreaming up new twists issues. I asked students: What does an on lessons I read about, but the Februalliance of civilizations look like? ary 2010 issue of SchoolArts featured I introduced my drawing and painta lesson that I found very inspiring: ing class to this project the following "Art as Social Concern" by Stephaweek. As they worked through it— nie Hodge. I read the article at a time sketching, thinking, and creating—I when I was beginning my doctoral saw unbelievably strong works of art studies and was considering using appear, rich in meaning and texture. "Art with Purpose" as my over-archWhen the pieces were completed, ing theme. I garnered some wonderful we held our own contest here at school ideas from Stephanie's article, specifiand invited teachers from several discally how she opened up the discusciplines to come and "judge" the work sion by wearing a brow-raising t-shirt using the Istanbul Center's rubric. to grab her students' attention and Our school selected eighteen pieces utilized sketchbook assignments for to submit and several months later inspiration. the results were in: We had garnered 28 October 2013 SchoolArts four state honorable mentions and a state second place, which meant that I would be accompanying the winning student, Jenny Paik, to Turkey for a ten-day summer excursion. A Life-Changing experience Spending ten days in Turkey with art and essay student winners, top-notch visual and language arts teachers,

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