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Finished works from an 8th grade Digital Art unit I led with @NewYork564 at @The_School. #artsed

I love collaborating with Yoshiko Maruiwa (@NewYork564) every year on a variety of projects. Yoshiko is a wonderful artist and teacher, and she introduces me and our students to art and artists that put our units in a larger context, from Cindy Sherman to Robert Frank to Louise Bourgeois.

Yoshiko and I just led a Digital Arts mini-course that lasted for 8 sessions. (Other courses offered were mixed media, batik, and ceramics.) Our small group of students completed three photo manipulation projects. Below is their description of each project and the resulting images:

Project 1: InsideOut Collage
Inspired by the artist, JR, the 8th grade artists from Digital Art course created our own interpretations of his classic “InsideOut” artwork. During this assignment, we created a collage of images to represent our inside stories, using images that are important to us. Through the following slides you will see different representations of who the students are and what inspires us.

Project 2: InsideOut Photo
The INSIDE OUT project by the French artist JR gives everyone the opportunity to share their portrait and make a statement for what they stand for.  It is a global platform for people to share their untold stories and transform messages of personal identity into works of public art. Inspired by his project, we took black and white photos that conveyed our social action project.

Project 3: Social Action Digital Collage
For this project we took our Social Action Projects (SAP) and turned them into digital art. We collaged and layered pictures until they came together to represent the injustice we are focusing on for our SAP. One requirement was that we had to be in the picture, so it was a challenge to include ourselves in pictures that we found on the internet.

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Love the final photo project my 8th graders made to represent Diversity at @The_School! #artsed #edchat

The 8th graders at The School at Columbia University engage in an amazing multi-month unit where they choose, research, and design a Social Action Project. Two of my favorite girls asked me to help them produce a mural to showcase the incredible diversity (and cuteness) of our school community. I sheparded them to every classroom (K-8) in the building and supervised their photo shoots. We had the kids pose with both “yearbook smiles” and goofy faces. After, the 8th graders chose the best images from their files and used iPhoto to crop and print 3″x3″ prints. They arranged them on a row of poster boards and placed a border declaring “We are One!” around the perimeter.

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Totally awesome that @paintpenart left some #FreeArt at @The_School this morning!

Wondering what to make of free Seinfeld art left on the corner by @paintpenart.

I first encountered Keith Jensen‘s Free Art project in September. I passed by a piece of Seinfeld-inspired art in New York City on my way home from work. The sign atop declared:

If having this art will make your day better, then it’s yours.
Please only take this art if you’ll enjoy it. Please don’t resell.
If you have Instragram or Facebook, please post a photo and tag it. In not, it’s ok – just enjoy it.
Website: clearlyk.com
Twitter: @paintpenart
Instagram: @keithjensen
Facebook: facebook.com/paintpenart

I thought the whole concept was awesome, and I tweeted about it with @paintpenart. It occurred to me that Keith would be a great speaker for TEDxYouth@TheSchool in November, as he’s clearly doing something cool and inspiring and exemplified this year’s theme: Dream Big…Then Do It! I loved that Keith’s Free Art Project helped bridge the art-divide in a town where tickets to visit the Museum of Modern Art cost up to $25. Also, I learned that Keith is equally artistic and altruistic, and he volunteers at Art Start teaching art classes to homeless children. Keith’s TEDxYouth@TheSchool video is below:

Last week, Keith was part of The School at Columbia University’s inaugural Social Action Panel. He talked with our 8th graders about his work, art, motivations, and volunteering. At the end, Keith caused an audible buzz of excitement when he announced he’d be leaving a piece of his Free Art for a student to find. Below is his tweet and a shot of the lucky kid who had been checking @paintpenart’s Twitter feed all morning…

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Excited for today’s panel to launch our annual 8th grade Social Action Project at @The_School. #edchat


The 8th grade is kicking off their annual Social Action Project with a panel of activists in the library organized by their teachers. We’re hoping to inspire the kids to find something they’re passionate about and make efforts (if not strides!) towards doing something about it. This is also my yearly goal for TEDxYouth@TheSchool

Today’s panelists include:

Jenelle Marlborough, artist and owner of First World Trash (proxy presentation by David Lebson – 8th grade Science teacher)

Leo Liebeskind, student and musician currently on tour for a month for The Tour on Poverty (proxy presentation by Eve Becker – 8th grade English teacher and Leo’s mom )

Aurora Cerda, owner of La Casa Azul Bookstore in El Barrio. Article about the bookstore is here.

Monica Novoa, writer at Color Lines Magazine

Jaime Lin-Lewis, Executive Director at Border Crossers

Keith Jensen (@paintpenart), Creative Director, founder of the “Free Art” project, volunteer at Art Start. Keith’s website: http://www.clearlykeith.com.

Olivia Cassin, staff attorney in the Immigration Law Unit of the Legal Aid Society and Adjunct Professor of Immigration Law at Columbia Law School

MaryBeth Apriceno, grant writer at Emerge Lanka

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