On Friday afternoon, I participated in #InsideOutNYC with some other teachers from The School at Columbia University. More photos in my Flickr set here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/specialkrb/sets/72157633360741423
The Inside Out Project’s mobile photobooth is parked in Times Square daily from 12pm-8pm through May 10th. The truck has a large-scale printer inside, so you receive a 3′ x 5′ printout of your photo. Then, you can either take your giant face home with you or have it pasted on the plaza in front of the TKTS red steps. More info about #InsideOutNYC here: http://www.insideoutproject.net/en
The artist JR used his TED Prize winnings to launch the InsideOut project in 2011 to reinforce how art can change the world. Since then, I’ve helped two groups of 8th grade participate in InsideOut initiatives, and I’m hoping to bring this year’s group of 8th graders down to Times Square next week to participate! I’ve previously posted about my student projects here and here and here.
I recommend visiting the installation and participating if possible. I’m also thinking about how we can do something similar in-house…
For the second year in a row, Yoshiko Maruiwa and I are collaborating on a 10-week Art Elective inspired by JR’s InsideOut Project. Our first project was an InsideOut Collage. This second project was an OutsideIn Collage. To inspire them, kids were shown slides of Cindy Sherman‘s self-portraits. Sherman used costumes, props, and backgrounds to tell a story, dispel/reinforce a stereotype, or communicate something to her audience. Students took pictures, located physical and virtual props, chose background images, and started manipulating their scene. I’m excited to see the results!
For the second year in a row, Yoshiko Maruiwa and I are collaborating on a 10-week Art Elective inspired by JR’s InsideOut Project. The first assignment was to create an InsideOut Collage where students were asked to communicate what was inside of them – things that you couldn’t necessarily guess just by looking. They took photos of each other, edited them with the magic wand, magnetic lasso, and eraser tools to distill their silhouette and filled either the inside or the outside of their silhouette with symbols and images that they chose to represented them.