Laura Cooperman customizes visual arts programs for PreK-12 in multiple mediums including, but not limited to, digital photography, sculpture, installation art, painting, mural making, drawing, ceramics, fibers, set design, and printmaking. If you are interested in customizing a visual arts program to fit your school or venue’s needs, please contact the CAL Education Team today at 216-561-5005 to get started.
Based on the wildly popular, “Humans of New York” series by Brandon Stanton, students compile a series of photo journalistic portraits and short biographies or stories through interviews with peers, teachers, and community members. Students learn how to use digital cameras and various techniques and themes to capture engaging shots in addition to interview and writing activities to develop a compelling series. This residency culminates in a student-created book. Residency requires 8-10 workshops. Please call Education Staff at 216-561-5005 to book this program.
A character is more than a figure drawing. Every color, piece of cloth, haircut, weapon, shape of the eyes, etc. inform traits of a character, a background story, or a future plot. This program is offered in digital, traditional illustration techniques, or both.
The teaching artist will share the interactive story of The WEEPUFFERFLUFFERNUTTERZING! Corporation, and then assist the students in creating their own version of an imaginary machine. Students will use modeling clay and some found objects to make a mini 3-D machine and then share their story with classmates.
Students will make use of art materials to create their own geometric tile panels to become part of an alternating or repetitive group pattern. They will begin with a pre-cut paper collage process to create a very familiar alternating pattern, a checkerboard. They then move on to using drawing materials and technical drawing practices with measuring tools to create their tiles. Students will look for and identify geometric shapes as they view examples of tiled patterns and create their own.
This workshop for classsroom and fine arts teachers addresses physical science and art content standards. Particpants will become familiar with a variety of glass materials, equipment and techniques to create a three-dimensional fused glass plate. Teachers will learn how to engage students through the creation of art that increases understanding of thermal energy and the properties of glass. Participants will also learn how to prepare a clay kiln for glass fusion.
This dynamic program starts with a recorded storytelling circle to create a collective story, followed up by basic traditional and digital illustration lessons and culminates with the creation of an illustrated short story and/or poetry book. Material fee determined by project.
This multimedia project uses traditional collage techniques as an awareness and self-discovery tool of individual roots and classroom diversity and richness. During the program, students will create a colorful collage quilt using construction paper, glue, and tape to represent the genealogical, social, and cultural background of a group of students or a school. This project can also be created on ceramic tiles. The final mural will show, at a classroom scale, the value and beauty of individuality and diversity in society. This program requires 1-3 workshops, depending on the materials used. Material fee determined by project.
During a five-day residency, students will be introduced to the exciting and expanding world of comics using different compositional strategies. Students will learn about the different genres found in today’s comics. They will create and develop their own characters and working scripts in a short form comic book layout using Pixton software. In addition to learning about various careers in this creative field, students will collaborate on a comic anthology that will be published at the culmination of the program.