Posts Tagged ‘Art education reform’
Comments Off on Reminder Painting with Soft Chalk Pastels Classes with Elaine Cimino
Expand your creativity! Take art classes and learn skills that will be with you for a life-time. This art class covers color theory and painting techniques in soft chalk pastels. You learn about papers and various drawing techniques. Beginners welcomed. If you are experienced or have taken previous classes please bring your art work to class to show me what you would like to work on for this session.
Reminder classes begin on Tuesday. Please contact Elaine Cimino on the website to register. This Class is a workshop setting.
Where: North Valley Senior Center
Times: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Days: Tuesdays January 8th – January 29th (3 classes)
Other: Materials List available Online
Register: Online registration Available www.borntodraw.com/workshops
Comments Off on Barbara Kruger Created the Billboards and Buses For the Best Ad Campaign in the City Right Now
A Silver Lake billboard that recently hawked Avion tequila took on a very different tone last month. “SUPPORT PUBLIC EDUCATION OR FACE CATASTROPHE!” read the near-apocalyptic message in stark black type. On Santa Monica Boulevard, the wisdom of Robert Frost crept by in the same foot-tall, all-caps characters, wrapped around a Metro bus: “Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”
This campaign, which launched in October and has quickly become both the best-looking and most ubiquitous advertising on L.A.’s streets, is produced by art organization ForYourArt to benefit the Los Angeles Fund for Public Education (or LA Fund for short), a nonprofit co-founded by LAUSD superintendent John Deasy last year. And the artist is none other than the legendary Barbara Kruger, whose signature black, white and red graphics — like a public service announcement meets reassuring Mad Men-era advertising — reads spectacularly well in L.A.’s urban environment.
From the Blog of Michael Roth
President, Wesleyan University
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Giclee Prints from the Women of Peace Series are available
Recently I’ve been reading early 20th century essays by Jane Addams, the dynamic activist, social reformer and anti-war crusader. Addams is best known as one of the founders of Hull House, a vital educational community center for civic engagement and neighborhood improvement in Chicago. Addams was a powerful force for democratic change in America, and she was also committed to the idea that education would serve democracy by allowing us to become more understanding of alternative points of view as we worked with one another.
Addams’ father rejected her wish to attend Smith College, where she had hoped to participate in the liberal arts education of her day. So, following intellectual success at seminary, she continued her education herself by studying some of the great works Western Culture has to offer. She also studied the industrial changes of her time, including the dramatic increases in extreme poverty and extreme wealth as the 19th century turned into the 20th (sound familiar?). But at some point she began to wonder if she was forever preparing herself for action instead of taking action. Had her education become a delaying tactic for dealing with the world? → Read more
Deepen your understanding of how learning takes place in and through the arts. Examine the role of engagement, connections, collaborations and communities in learning.
Presented in collaboration with The Silk Road Project Inc.What You Will Learn
Deepen your understanding of how learning takes place in and through the arts. Examine the role of engagement, connections, collaborations and communities in learning. → Read more
By Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah, Chicago Tribune reporter
Arts programming was a factor leading to improved standardized test scores at three schools in Chicago over three years, according to a report released today by the educational arts non-profit Changing Worlds and Loyola University.
The study is just the latest calling for more arts education in Chicago Public Schools. With the district moving to a longer school day next year, the Chicago Teachers Union and parent groups like Raise Your Hand have called for more time devoted to enrichment classes like music and art and less time devoted to test preparation.
Researchers at Loyola University’s Center for Urban Research and Learning tracked test scores of 95 children enrolled in Englewood’s Goodlow Elementary Magnet School, Pilsen’s Whittier Elementary and Rogers Park’s Boone Elementary. The students were all participating in Changing Worlds’ Literacy and Cultural Connections program.
Goodlow had a predominantly African-American student body, Whittier was largely Latino, and Boone had many ethnicities within the school building.
The study found that fourth graders who started with the program in 2009 saw an 11.5 percentage point gain in composite test scores meeting or exceeding state standards by the time they finished the arts program in sixth grade in 2011. They also scored on average more than 11 percentage points higher than fourth through sixth graders at the same school who did not take part in the program, according to the study.
“As it relates to the expanded school day, the need for the arts is critical,” said Mark Rodriguez, executive director of Changing Worlds. “It’s a fact that there’s still schools within the district where art is not a common experience for all young people. But if you look at the research we’ve done and others have done, engagement in the arts has a greater impact on student academic outcomes.”
As part of its program in a dozen CPS facilities, Changing Worlds provided a literacy specialist and art teacher to each school. The art program, which lasted up to 15 weeks per year, began with students exploring their own identity and culture, then interviewing community residents and relatives, and finally delving deeper into world cultures. Along with producing visual art, dance and drama from their findings, students also submitted written pieces.
CPS says 82 percent of schools have a dedicated arts teacher, but arts advocacy groups argue that many are not certified art teachers and the arts programs offered in some schools can be as little as a once-a-year field trip.
In adopting the longer school day, CPS officials have suggested that 140 minutes should be devoted to enrichment activities like the arts, physical education and intervention or acceleration programs for first and second graders. The district has not stipulated how much extra time needs to be devoted to art and music, however, CPS recommends that time be dropped to 90 minutes for third through fifth graders and then bumped up to 120 minutes for middle schoolers.
CPS spokeswoman Becky Carroll said schools will have the discretion to use the extra time in a way that best meets the needs of their student body, which is why those decisions are being left to school leaders.
CPS has offered $100,000 grants to schools that come up with innovative ways to fill the extra 90 minutes of instruction. Rodriguez said two schools have approached his group about using Changing Worlds to add and assess arts programs within the school.
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We invite you to read the NYT article by Nicolas Kristof. There have been other studios that Elaine Cimino Studios has been working with who have seen the Born to Draw iBooks and have commented on the environmental aspects of the books and said they would not want to stress these type of issues in their children’s educational programming. I am glad to see that this article was published and that it gives others the courage to teach sustainability in their classrooms.
I am teaching children how to draw by shape relationships emphasizing aesthetic valuing, perception and creative expression. Showing children the historical and cultural context of how different peoples come to their beliefs systems enables children to grasp the world around them and prepares them for their uncertain futures. The affects that climate change will have on future generations is substantial and they will have their challenges to overcome because our generation will have failed them by not raises our voices to the problems all humanity faces.
Yes! we can change the world by changing our communities right where we live and teaching our children they do have a voice. There is nothing so radical as teaching a child how to draw a Koala Bear, Bottle-nosed Dolphin, or African Elephant! After Recess: Change the World By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
A BATTLE between a class of fourth graders and a major movie studio would seem an unequal fight.
So it proved to be: the studio buckled. And therein lies a story of how new Internet tools are allowing very ordinary people to defeat some of the most powerful corporate and political interests around — by threatening the titans with the online equivalent of a tarring and feathering. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/05/opinion/sunday/kristof-after-recess-change-the-world.html?_r=1
Take Ted Wells’s fourth-grade class in Brookline, Mass. The kids read the Dr. Seuss story “The Lorax” and admired its emphasis on protecting nature, so they were delighted to hear that Universal Studios would be releasing a movie version in March. But when the kids went to the movie’s Web site, they were crushed that the site seemed to ignore the environmental themes. → Read more
I completed my presentation to the schools, teachers and parents and now working on collateral materials. When the new Web site is finished this will be a stellar art education website that will hopefully be of value to teachers, students and parents. Please follow me on Twitter @ciminostudios and on our Facebook page. Elaine Cimino Studios and on www.borntodraw.com and Facebook Born to Draw Children’s Art Education. And where ever you can please like us to your Facebook Friends. Thanks for your support.