SchoolArts Magazine

March 2017

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Materials: • c ollage and painting materials • large floral glass droplets ( sometimes called "dragon tears") • l iquid adhesive • optional: copper foil tape or Washi tape How to make a TouchStone Process: 1. C reate a small and meaningful collage. 2. Glue the glass droplet to the collage. 3. Let dr . 4. W rap edges of the droplet with copper foil or Washi tape 5. Optional: Write directions on the back: (a) Keep me; (b) Pass me on; (c) Repeat. ticipate in a conversation about art- making, I asked the question, "What can we do as artists/students to help in the healing?" This question produced a multitude of ideas about how to best use our artistic senti - ments to promote a sense of commu- nity and support. From Concept to Completion I met with our dean and presented her with the TouchStone idea; she loved it and was in favor of the project. Dr. Kathy Unrath, my heroic advisor, became deeply invested in the project as well. She invited the Student Art Education Association members, the Art Education students, and beyond to participate. All were enthusi - astically on board and completely involved in the project from concept to completion. The Purpose of Touchstones TouchStones are designed to be passed from hand to hand and heart to heart. They are a marking of a moment. They possess a physical salience. They rest in the recipient's pocket, hands, and conscience. They offer a moment to contemplate the effort of one person gifting another an object of his or her affection. It does take a bit of courage to offer something to a stranger. However, the courage it takes to interact with another is exactly the point of this project. To have a physical object to carry with you, to leave or share with someone. To tell the giftee they can keep it with them for life, or find the courage within themselves to pass it on to another. The social practice of sharing TouchStones is a way art can change our perceptions of each other and become more empathetic. Michelle Livek is a student at the Uni- versity of Missouri. mas522 @ mail.mis-

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