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ERIC Number: EJ997708
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1541-1796
Four Questions
Hark-Weber, Amara G., Ed.
Teaching Artist Journal, v11 n2 p114-123 2013
Teaching artists often find themselves working in schools and communities that are new to them, whether these are situations close to home or farther afield. This issue of Four Questions highlights teaching artists who travel extensively as part of their teaching and artistic practices and bring their expertise, energy, and creativity to communities and schools around the United States and abroad. While these teaching artists focus on local and personal issues wherever they are, process becomes paramount as they use materials for the expression of these ideas and experiences. Margaret Mahan and Drew Mattot of Peace Paper use explicit processes of hand papermaking and bookmaking as a means to draw out and "process" individuals' memory, experiences, and personal narratives. This making-centered approach to teaching gives students freedom to experiment within the process, and thereby creates a safe space for self-expression. Faith Purvey takes a different approach that uses materials at hand as a means to highlight issues, concerns, and changes within communities. She looks around and asks what needs to be addressed and how it can be explored through materials, and she leads projects in which she works with students as fellow artists and co-creators. The teaching of all of these artists puts materials and process at the forefront and uses established and creative ways of making to address complex and sometimes difficult social and personal issues. These artists take this method of working with them as they travel widely and as their workshops and projects give light and energy to ideas and issues that would otherwise likely not reach a wider audience. (Contains 8 images.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California; New Mexico; Wisconsin