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ERIC Number: EJ894259
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6463
Art Makes Sense: Making Sense through Art
Billington, Lisa; Pavone, Mindy
SchoolArts: The Art Education Magazine for Teachers, v110 n1 p32-33 Aug-Sep 2010
The news is sometimes frightening, but reacting to a disaster in a positive way empowers students to make a difference. On January 12, 2010, a catastrophic earthquake occurred in Haiti. An estimated three million people were affected and an estimated 230,000 people died. In response to this tragic event, the author's eighth-grade class viewed and discussed the tragedy and brainstormed ways to help and get involved in the relief effort by raising money for Haiti. They learned about the culture and art of Haiti, then created Haitian-inspired images. Inspired by the artwork of Betty LaDuke, an artist, educator, and humanitarian who has traveled around the world capturing the essence of diverse cultures in her vibrant, colorful paintings, the students created artwork that included a topic, a minimum of one stylized person, animals, and references from nature. The resulting artwork was reduced in size, a resin layer was added to protect the image, and magnets were attached to the back. These were sold for $5 a piece and students raised more than $400 dollars for Haiti. Through this project, students realized that they can play a significant role in helping others in need.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 8
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Haiti; New York