Flint Public Art Project’s Art Education Program continues its after-school programming in two elementary schools, September 11 – November 3.
Based on the success of two recent art based education programs this past spring and summer, this fall Flint Public Art Project has launched another eight-week after-school art program in two Flint elementary schools. In direct partnership with the Crim Foundation, FPAP has engaged longtime community partner Gallery on the Go to lead students at Doyle Ryder Elementary (K-6) and Durant-Tuuri-Mott Elementary (K-8) in an eight week after-school course in genre-specific art exploration.
This past May, June, and July, FPAP ran the summer After-School Art program, a medium-specific curriculum at Doyle Ryder Elementary School (K-6), entitled Looking, Printing, Sharing, focused on print making. In late July, FPAP participated in the robust, week-long Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) camp, in which FPAP was the sole art partner alongside the Crim Foundation, the C.S. Mott Foundation, the United Way of Genesee County, the Flint River Watershed Coalition, Keep Genesee County Beautiful, the Flint Children’s Museum, and the Flint Community Schools.
Lead by Gallery on the Go founder and FPAP board member Sandra Branch, this fall’s Art Education Program invites students across an age range from 6-14 to explore self-portraiture, from simple mirror-image drawing to collage and acrylic painting. Through this study the students are able to explore a variety of media to render sometimes whimsical images of the self that often lead the artist to a deeper understanding of what it means to be alive and in the moment.
“This continued engagement with the Flint Public Schools and the Crim Foundation is exactly what we had hoped for when we began programming early this year,” says FPAP Executive Director Joseph Schipani. “Not only does it increase sustainability for FPAP, but it positions us for an even broader reach within the school system in upcoming semesters and allows us to critique and model the program for introduction into other local communities, such as seniors, adult weekend classes, and more. Additionally, it will allow our next visiting resident artist Wyckliffe Afundi Elegwa (http://swift9.strikingly.com/ ) direct interaction with the students, bringing our students into a broader international art conversation and cultural exchange.”
The program, which began the second week of September, has already engaged over 120 students between the two schools.