SchoolArts Magazine

SUM 2016

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RESOURCE L O O K I N G & L E A R N I N G CREATE/RESPOND/RENEW For our inaugural summer Looking and Learning, we're taking a break from our usual format of suggested lessons to instead present some ideas for how art educators might experience renewal over the fleeting days of summer: Visit as many museums and galleries as you can to get and stay inspired. Fill your brain with inspirational fuel for new lessons and new experiences, then share that inspiration with your students in the fall. Join your local community arts organization. Attend their shows, submit your own artwork, and connect to other artists. This is a great way to make some new friends and connect with artists who could be inspiring guest presenters in your classroom. Connect with local artists and plan to bring them to your school as presenters. Meeting living, breathing artists from their own com- munity (or neighboring areas) is incredibly pow- erful and inspiring for students. Make some art! Break out your materials and get to work. Experiment and get creative. Travel. Visit a new place, whether it's on the other side of the world or a two-hour drive from home. Soak up the sites and accompany - ing inspiration. It doesn't have to be elaborate or expensive to be inspiring. Find a park, art - ist's community, or just go out and commune with nature. Try something you have never done before. Have a new experience, whether it's something you have always wanted to do or something you've never thought of before. It doesn't matter what it is as long as it gets you out of your comfort zone. Read an artist biography. Many artists have incredibly inspiring life stories. Read about their challenges and how they overcame them, and find out what you might learn from their struggles. Watch some documentaries. In recent years, a wealth of incredibly moving and inspiring documentaries about artists have become available. Here are a few recommendations: • Alice Neel. Created by her grandson, this film tells the inspiring story of Neel's life and work, which was not fully recognized until shortly before her death. • Exit Through the Gift Shop . An irreverent look at the intersection of street art and the mainstream art world, with a focus on Banksy, Shepard Fairey, and the fictional Mister Brainwash. exitthroughthe- • Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child. The story of Basquiat in 1980s New York, chronicling his rise to fame and many struggles. • The Wasteland . Vik Muniz creates large-scale portraits of Brazil's trash pickers using the same garbage from which they make their livelihood. Of course, there are many more in the endless sources of stream- ing video. If you don't see anything here that excites you, ask Google to find something for you. Have a great summer! Written by Karl Cole, curator of images at Davis Publications and Robb Sandagata, digital product manager at Davis Publications. 26 SUMMER 2016 SchoolArts Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger, Meanwhile in the bush . . ., 2012. Kunsthallen Brandts Odense, Denmark. Image courtesy of the artists.

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