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Learning Through Art: Steven Alan at P.S. 42

  • February 29th, 2012 | Uncategorized

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    Teaching artist Jennifer Cecere has been instructing 5th graders at P.S. 42 in the Lower East Side as part of the Guggenheim Museum’s Learning Through Art program for 12 years. Working with their teacher, Eric Carbone, Jennifer introduces students to working with fabric through a variety of mixed media projects, including collages, sewing, and most recently, mobiles. We’ve been donating fabric to the program for a while and recently stopped by to observe the process and admire the students’ work. We also talked to Jennifer about this year’s project, which will be featured in the Year with Children exhibition at the Guggenheim later this spring.

    This year’s work began on a personal level. The students created portraits of themselves or their classmates, which prepared them to take on themes that connect to the historical figures they are learning about in Social Studies, using art as a vehicle to communicate something about them. Drawing on the techniques they have learned, they will create mobiles about a character from history for the final project.

    For the first assignment, students created traditional silhouettes, but used stitching to add in their features and details.

    Students looked at the mobiles of Alexander Calder before creating these three-dimensional portraits from pipe cleaners.

    Next, they learned about proportions, moving on to very detailed proportional sketching of the figure. They then designed clothing for the figures, beginning by sketching patterns on tracing paper, then cutting the fabric and learning to sew.

    As teachers, Cecere and Carbone were struck by the level of focus and attention to detail exhibited by the students.  They made very considered, conscious decisions when it came to choosing their fabrics, and really took to making patterns and appreciating how their own clothes are made. As they were working, they saw the kids looking at their own clothing, examining the seams to see how they were put together. We can’t wait to see what they come up with for the exhibition.

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24 Responses to “Learning Through Art: Steven Alan at P.S. 42”

  1. Congratulations on this project.Very Inspiring.It would be wonderful if all 5 th graders could be exposed to this program!

  2. admin says:

    It would be!

  3. Jen says:

    PS 42 Fifth graders loved seeing their work on the web!!!
    Great Post!

  4. jacky chen says:

    thanks for the cloth jacky chen

  5. andy chen says:

    thank you for putting my work on your website. oh if youlooking at this respond “hi Mr.Carbone

  6. Kristine says:

    Student of ps42. Looking foward to the final project of Abe Lincoln!

  7. Vivian Cheng says:

    I am one of the students in that class, and I loved seeing our work on the web. Thanks for all the fabric donations!!

  8. Kid from ps.42 says:

    Thank you for fabric you donated and thank you for posting our artwork. It was really nice of you.

  9. admin says:

    Thanks for all the nice comments! We loved seeing your work and look forward to the exhibition.

  10. Xing Ying Wu says:

    I am a student from P.S. 42. Thank you for donating fabric to P.S. 42. (Yay i see my design!)

  11. Sammi Chon says:

    Thanx for the fabric! we couldn’t of done it without u guys!!!

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  13. Xing Ying Wu says:

    Thanks for this wonderful post.

  14. Sandy Lei says:

    I was in this class. It was fun and enjoyable program. Thanks Jen and Drew!! :)

  15. Mr. Carbone says:

    Thanks to everyone at Steven Alan for your generosity over the years. You’ve helped to inspire a few budding fashion designers in my class. We really appreciated you showcasing our hard work in this way. Here’s to future collaborations!!

  16. andy chen says:

    hi a random message hi friends

  17. priscilla choo says:

    thank you for donating fabric so we can make our manequin sussesful

  18. priscilla choo says:

    thank u for making us famous and thank u for the wonderful fabric :)

  19. Alisa says:

    Thank you for donating fabric and posting our work on the website. =)

  20. Sandy Lei says:

    I love this program. It was enjoyable to work with Jen and Drew!!!!
    Can’t wait to finish my final project on Susan B. Anthony!!! :D

  21. Vivian says:

    student of ps42. thanks for posting our stuff and the fabris donations steven alan!!! :)

  22. Vivian says:

    cant wait to see what my my big andrew jackson project turns out to be!!! B)

  23. Jen says:

    What a wonderful project! Love it!
    -Carole Hochman