Antoni’s project focused on voice, story, and memory. She invited mothers belonging to the Hudson Guild Senior Center to advise her on how to be a good parent. Antoni recorded them telling their stories and singing lullabies they learned from their mothers. She recorded herself and her daughter singing as well.
Ofri Cnaani led a series of workshops on the history of Chelsea as an integral component of Moon Guardians, a public art installation realized in collaboration with More Art. Ofri engaged the students in a series of research-based sessions investigating the multiple transformations undertaken by Chelsea’s famed Meatpacking district over the last century.
Nancy and the kids began by freely sketching and painting watercolors on the theme of love. The artist then prepared a large canvas (60” x 72”), finishing it with white glitter. The resultant composition was covered in black glitter, creating a stark contrast between its positive and negative spaces. The final image is a triumph of love.
During the weekly school-day schedule at the Clinton Middle School, Nicholas Furrow had the chance to work with the kids on four different topics. After an introductory lesson on “graffiti and break dancing from New York in the 1970s and 1980s”, the kids found the concept of public, renegade art very exciting.
This after-school film program led by Don Gibson focused on both the theory of film and the step-by-step procedure of hands-on film-making. A basic understanding of film terminologies was established by examining genre, photography, editing, sound and shot structure. Students were also taught the process of film-making, from the original idea through writing scripts and creating storyboards to filming and editing.
Ginsburg worked with the kids on a marketing campaign for their own “film,” a video documenting their year-long experience working on “Art Creates Communities”. The kids were the actors in the movie, and for Ginsburg’s project they had to assume alternative roles by analyzing and promoting the footage. The students designed a poster and wrote reviews for the film.
The students and Jonas explored the myth’s symbolism and themes in the Aztec tradition through discussion, drawing, papier-mâché, and ultimately the creation of a sculpture and video work of art. Together, they created costumes in Japanese paper, crafted papier-mache’ masks, and constructed a variety of props to be used for the performance. Finally, the students enacted the tale of the self-less rabbit in a wooded area along the Hudson River.
Ana Prvacki hosted a series of musical workshops at the Clinton Middle School in preparation for The Wandering Band, a public art project realized in collaboration with More Art.
Tim Rollins began the workshop by showing the kids a 1960s film of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Afterwards, the kids realized watercolor renderings of Shakespeare’s magical flower, which they attached on loose pages from the book. Within the book, the flower has the power to make one fall in love with the first living creature seen upon awakening.
Saya Woofalk began the workshop by asking the kids to bring in one object and think of an emotion they would like express through performance. The objects became catalysts for the kids’ whimsical imaginations and with the help of fabric and paper, were transformed into performance props. Under Saya’s direction and documentation, the narrative generated naturally from the kids. At opening night of the exhibition, the kids reenacted the performance, which was shown on a monitor.