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Barry Mason speaks about his work, “Ancestral Calling I” to a group

In-School Residencies

I Am We

Peekskill High School Residency  
January 9 – 20, 2017
100 Students
Teachers: Elizabeth Tabone and Heather Brown
Teaching Artist: Kristianne Molina

I am We, a ten day intensive residency, exposed Peekskill High School students to the history of textile production, focusing on culture and science. In their art classes, the students learned traditional dying and folding techniques, in addition to learning how to stretch their own canvases, which they could apply to future art projects. These new skills were then used to create individual projects with unique designs, which were then brought together to display as a collaborative piece.

Post No Ills

Summit Academy Residency
March 20- 24, 2017
30 kids
Teachers: Bridget Conner (ELA) and Taylor Coleman (Art)
Teaching Artist: Lance Johnson

As part of a  five day intensive at Summit Academy, which  took place in ELA and Art classes, students were encouraged to think about words of inspiration that speak to who they are individually and what it means to be part of Summit Academy and Peekskill.This exercise led to the creation of a collaborative painting that incorporates positive phrases and inspiring keywords. Post no Ills received incredible feedback, as it was embraced by students and teachers, and students who normally do not attend class were motivated to regularly participate in the residency. This project created a ripple effect of positive attitudes, contributing to a welcoming school atmosphere.

Peekskill Middle School Mandalas

Peekskill Middle School Residency
April 24- 28, 2017
30 kids
Art Teachers: Lindsay Brown and Patricia Roldan
Visiting Artist: Joe Pimentel

 During the Peekskill Middle School Mandalas residency, the advanced art students were taught about the history and use of mandals within different cultures. This five day intensive also taught the students about patterning before allowing the students to create their own vibrant mandalas as a group. Drawing on the work of Liz Quisguard, which is included in the current show Between I & Thou, the students worked together to paint four colorful and unique mandalas to decorate their hallway.

Creative Writing Residency with poet Nick Powers

Creative Writing Residency
May 2, 2017
30 students
English teachers: Todd Newby and Jennifer Telesco
Visiting Artist: Nick Powers

The Creative Writing Residency, led by poet Nick Powers, was a one day intensive at HVCCA, where the curriculum was based on artwork on view in Between I  & Thou. This curriculum explored ideas of identity, race, and community through free writing and a discussion of stereotypes in regards to Faith Ringgold’s work Who’s Afraid of Aunt Jemima?, 1984. In the same discussion, the students talked about how caricatures are used in society with positive and negative intentions.

500 Words of Wisdom

Hillcrest Residency
May 8 – 19, 2017
500 students
Art Teacher: Taylor Coleman
Artists: Evan Bishop and Katori Walker

500 Word of Wisdom, a two week intensive residency with over five hundred 4th and 5th graders at Hillcrest Elementary School, introduced students to the history of Graffiti and Hip Hop, before the students added to the collaborative Hillcrest Mural. The artists engaged the participating students in a conversation about the differences between illegal and legal Graffiti, and the students then selected a word that they identified with to paint on the mural. The students chose words such as “confident,” “curious,” and “skillful” to contribute to their mural, and they signed a pledge to help protect the future of their mural, which they worked so hard on creating.

Young Docent Program

Young Docent Program 
January – May 2017
13 High School Advanced Art Students
Art Teacher: Heather Brown
Docent Trainer: Sarah Bachelier

During the Young Docent Program, students were introduced to the themes and artists of the exhibition Between I & Thou, and after, the students choose the works that they would like to work with. Each student was given a Young Docent Manual, which outlines the basic tools to execute good dialogue around artworks with different audiences in order to guide them to success. In an effort to promote their community event, all of the students created potential flyers, and one was chosen to distribute and post. The young docents presented to middle schools students, their parents, and their school community at different times, demonstrating their ability to discuss artwork in front of a variety of audiences.