FORGET PICTURE PERFECT! Check out what my youth artists at the Brooklyn Museum are up to over at our class blog!
We are a bit off schedule because of the weather tragedies throughout New York, but we are back this week and ready to use our art to heal and to speak.
This week, the artists are working on a project called “Flipping the Script: Reclaiming Identities Through Collage and Photography” where they will be interviewing one another, doing some self-reflection work around identity, creating photographic studies, then designing mixed-media self-portraits where they are reclaiming an element of their identity others have tried to control throughout their lives. They are taking the script, ripping it up, and writing their own stories to reclaim what it means to be a loner, what it means to be a young black man, what it means to be…
I am ready for some awesome work. Their sketched studies from last week demonstrated some sophisticated thinking using ideas of juxtaposition, evolution, and revelation.
In the coming weeks, students will be creating zines, mining the museum’s collection, and dismembering bodies (artistically of course!)
Class starts in three hours!
Class Description: What’s beautiful? Who gets to decide? What if you don’t agree? Inspired by the artist Mickalene Thomas’s use of busy patterns and glitzy rhinestones, and her questioning of art-historical traditions, this digital photo course will explore artworks that challenge assumptions of what art can (or should) be. Students will combine photography, photo manipulation, collage, and other techniques to create artwork that begins with photography but doesn’t end there.
Week 1 (10/7): Introduction to Mickalene Thomas, Color Palettes
Week 2 (10/14): [Part 1] Mixed-Media Collage
Week 3 (10/21): [Part 2] Mixed-Media Collage, Photography + Composition
Week 4 (10/28): [Part 1] Flipping the Script: Reclaiming Identities Through Collage and Photography (Postponed because of inclement weather)
Week 5 (11/4): [Part 1] Flipping the Script: Reclaiming Identities Through Collage and Digital Photography
Week 6 (11/11): [Part 2] Flipping the Script: Reclaiming Identities Through Collage and Digital Photography
Week 7 (11/18): The Exquisite Corpse: Surrealism & Challenging Perfection Through Dismemberment and Reassembly with Digital Photography
Week 8 (11/25): INTERVENTION!: Remixing the Brooklyn Museum Collection
Week 9 (12/2): The Makers Lab and Mobile Library: Self-Publication and Youth Agency
Week 10 (12/9): The Makers Lab and Mobile Library: Self-Publication and Youth Agency
Week 11 (12/16): Interviews and Reflection
If you are interested in the lessons and materials created for this class, please contact the instructor, Kameelah Janan Rasheed.