I was in Arizona in 2017. One of the schools I visited was the Arizona School for the Arts.
The workshops are really a way to show how making a piece of artwork can help change someone's perspective about peace and tolerance. The process itself is therapeutic and many students find a way to use the eyes of their hearts.
Making art is a powerful way to connect with our imagination. We make something that was not there at the beginning. Making something new requires boldness and the ability to see beyond the physical
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The purpose of the project/program is to motivate and inspire students to see the relationship between reading, writing, visual art, language, geography, culture, architecture, math and science. It focuses on character development. There is an exercise he does with students and participants on perspective and he teaches that "Art is frozen music"
1. What dates would he be available? Varies through the year. Contact by email or facebook to find out.
2. What type of information does he present and how long does his typical presentation last? - It is on contemporary African art and how social justice issues affect what he does. The basic approach is to talk about the two sweeping characteristics of art, that is that it embodies a message within an idiom of communication but also possesses a sense of Mystery. Also, as Art Ambassadors, how do we use our talents as a river to water human hearts so that we may grow to know peace. There are grade specific presentations and workshops from kindergarten through 12th grade, college and beyond. The time is usually 45-55 minutes for presentation and 1 hour for workshop. For the assembly, an LCD projector, a screen and a computer will be useful if these are available at the school.
3. Would you want to do one presentation in our auditorium to all of my students, or does a smaller group setting work better? - This depends largely on the individual school. However, to save time for workshops, it is better to have a onetime only auditorium setting power point presentation to the whole student body and then break into smaller groups/classes for workshops.
4. Will the students do any artwork to accompany the presentation? - Yes. This will be done during the workshop part of it. He will share some stories with them at the assembly, then work on a piece while they all work on their own pieces based on individual stories they may want to translate into a picture. Later, they will write a poem describing their artwork. Part of the project is to translate visual communication into writing and vise-verse. He may read a part of his book "ETERNITY IN OUR HEARTS" to them.
5. If so, what supplies are needed? - Paper (size A4 for younger students and A3 size for older students), water colour/Acrylic or tempera paints, brushes (one small and one large size), pencils, a different piece of paper for writing.
6. What is the fee? - The presentation fee is negotiable. In addition we bring along some prints of Ibiyinka's artworks for sale. They are optional and available to students, teachers, parents and the general public. The sale of prints help to support other travels.
7. Is there an exhibition following the program? - Yes, we recommend that artworks and writings by students be displayed at the end of the day or week and students get the opportunity to curate their own works.
The basic approach is to teach about the two sweeping characteristics of art, that is that it embodies a message within an idiom of communication but also possesses a sense of Mystery.
As Art Ambassadors, how do we use our talents as a river to water human hearts so that we may grow to know peace.
Ibiyinka Olufemi Alao
Ibiyinka Art Gallery, Pennsylvania United States
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