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ERIC Number: EJ1104673
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: N/A
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0145-9635
White Shirt Project Engages Students in Art and Society
Independent School, v75 n4 Sum 2016
This brief article describes how Dawn Southworth, upper school art teacher at the Glen Urquhart School (GUS) (Massachusetts), devised the White Shirt Project to engage eighth-graders in art and society. Each year, Southworth purchases white shirts for her eighth grade students to transform into original works of art. Prior to the culminating art exhibition, the students choose a contemporary artist to study. Using a white shirt, her students create an autobiographical, mixed-media statement, with original ideas and symbolism that uses aspects of a the chosen artist's style and techniques. Plus, they write research papers profiling their artist and offering a critical assessment of the artist's contribution to his/her times. During the Arts Block Evening, students present their research and their White Shirt Project to the greater GUS community.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Grade 8; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts
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