Community Circuits: Using Electric Art to Plug into your Neighborhood

Purposeful Paper

During this program, students will learn a brief history of western paper making and the materials needed to create handmade paper. They will understand that to make a sheet of paper requires the use of pulp, a mass of fibers containing cellulose found in all plant material.  Student’s knowledge of the life cycle of the plant will be expanded upon by becoming familiar with various native plants and the type of paper they yield.

Folding Fractions: The Origami Sailboat

Throughout the process of folding an origami sailboat, students will engage in a discussion on various mathematical concepts including the properties of shapes and the identification of fractions. The lesson begins with a brief introduction to the art of paper-folding, then participants use a step-by-step method to fold a paper sailboat. Throughout the folding process, students are asked to make a series of observations and answer mathematical questions to connect back to curriculum learning.

Painted Poppies

Participants will have the opportunity to use a 2D visual arts technique to recreate 3D models of flowers.  Using the “scrape” method, paper will be dipped into warm colors and then the paint will be scraped across the page.  Participants will then cut 4 organic shapes from small to large and piece these together using a bracket.  These flowers can be used as decorations within the classroom as well as models for exploring the different parts of flowers and plants.

Humans of…(Your School)

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.

Creating Anime Characters

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.

Designing Tiles and Creating Patterns Through Geometry

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.

Written and Illustrated

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.

Shades of Diversity

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.