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ERIC Number: ED349057
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-May-25
Reference Count: 0
Meaning-Making through Writing and Art Collaboration.
Hopkins, Shannon; Kammer, Gregory
In fall 1991 and spring 1992, an interdisciplinary art-and-writing collaborative project was initiated by an English instructor at Yakima Valley Community College (YVCC) and a graphics instructor at Everett Community College (ECC), both in Washington State. The project involved a graphics art class at ECC and a writing class from YVCC, pairing each art student with a "writing partner" and each writing student with an "art partner." Compositions produced by the writing students were distributed to the art students who responded by creating a piece of artwork inspired by the writing. The writing students then examined the artwork produced from their writing, and completed a written response to the piece. In the fall quarter, the writing students produced a variety of compositions, including poetry, short stories, and narratives, and the art students were asked to respond to the "mood" expressed by the writing. In the spring quarter, the writing students were required to write profiles of people who were important to them, while the art students were asked to respond using "found images" which could be blended together to illustrate the written profiles. Students in the writing class viewed the artwork as a group before being told which one corresponded to their writing. These classroom sessions were videotaped, as were discussions in the art class. The project helped writing students to become attentive to the role of perception, meaning-making, and audience response in the writing process. The bulk of the paper consists of excerpts of the writing students' comments about the artwork that was produced in response to their writing. (PAA)
Descriptors: Art Activities, Art Education, Audience Awareness, Audience Response, Community Colleges, Creative Art, Creative Expression, Graphic Arts, Instructional Innovation, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Interdisciplinary Approach, Student Reaction, Teaching Methods, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Writing Assignments, Writing (Composition), Writing Instruction
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Everett Community College WA; Yakima Valley Community College WA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Conference of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development on Teaching Excellence and Conference of Administrators (14th, Austin, TX, May 24-27, 1992).