SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMS
Studio art classes for students entering grades 4-9. A two-week
program available in half or full days.
July 5–15, 2011
For students in grades 10-12, studio classes in specific disciplines.
July 5–15, 2011
SUMMER STUDIO IN ART AND DESIGN
A four-week, pre-college program for students entering junior
and senior years in high school. Study art in the unique
atmosphere of a college for the visual arts. On-campus housing
is available. Students may apply for college credit.
July 18–August 13, 2011
MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN
Professional and Continuing Education
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Middle School Studio Lesson
OverthesummerI lovetosurfInternet galleriesandhave savedmanymore
bookmarks than I have time to
re-explore. Yet, almost every
summer I find a gallery, artist,
or teacher who hits the mark
and ends up the star of an art
lesson. This year’s star turned out
to be contemporary artist Deborah
Rael-Buckley creates stunning
figurative self-portraits in clay that
layer “personal, cultural, historical,
and biological imagery” in a narra-
tive style. Her work provided an excit-
ing challenge in three-dimensional
self-portraits for my eighth graders.
Call and Response
On our first day we talked about
visual metaphors and symbols.
We played a call and response
game where I began by saying
an object such as “stairs,” and a
student could offer what meta-
phor best fit what stairs could
visually signify in a work of art.
The answer might be “striving,”
“going up,” or “reaching.”
The student who answered
would then call out a different
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interior of a piece. This interior monologue can have a powerful effect that
radiates the intent inside-out to viewers, making the sculpture richer with
Buttons, glass beads, fabric, and
other ornamental items can be hot-glued on for an assemblage effect.
If students pierce holes in the clay
they can thread fishing line, wire, or
embroidery thread through the sculpture.
Colored pencils, metallics, and
watercolors can also be used on clay
with a varnish applied afterward.
Writing About It
Writing about completed sculptures
truly adds to the process since there
are interesting stories linked to the
imagery. It is important to tell students that metaphors that are private
need not be mentioned and that classmates should show respect if someone
does not want to discuss the meaning
of certain images.
Miranda Nelken is an art teacher at Keene
Middle School in Keene, New Hampshire.
Students integrate visual, spatial, and
temporal concepts with content to
communicate intended meaning in