This weekend two of my students, Nikki and Aliyah, had their work on display as part of the Art Educator's of New Jersey Middlesex County Youth Art Month Exhibit at Middlesex County College. It was great to see all of the artwork from a variety of k-12 schools in Middlesex County. Special thanks to the AENJ members who made this exhibit possible and for creating such a fantastic event.
It is week 2 of our Youth Art Month Celebration. We have started to hang up some of the hands students have created. Last week we invited all the teachers from the high school to participate by having their students create a hand to be added to our mural. The response was tremendous. Many teachers asked to participate with more than one class and many teachers made cross curricular connections using our theme. For instance, in biology students are learning about DNA and what makes them unique. We provided kits and a lesson plan for teachers who were just excited to participate.
March is our month to celebrate. Each March, here at the high school, we create a special Youth Art Month project. This year we are celebrating by creating a large installation project using hundreds of hands that have been drawn, painted, photographed and collaged. Our theme this year is "You are one of a kind". My students used their hand or hands as inspiration to create an 8" x 8" artwork that celebrates who they are. It was amazing to see each student taking part in project in their own way. During the coming weeks we will be putting them all together and displaying them in the g-wing hallway.
"The arts celebrate multiple perspectives. One of their large lessons is that there are many ways to see and interpret the world."
Mrs. Dorothy Amme
Visual Arts Teacher
Piscataway High School