Multicultural Art Education

This is an Article in Progress….

Rye Middle School tribute to Jacob Hashimoto’s art.

Rye Middle School Seventh Grade African and Oceanic Mask Project

7th Graders with Susan Aisi and Robert Aisi, former ambassador to the UN from Papua New Guinea.

7th Grade Isolated Ambassadors for Change in West Papua (video)

Rye Middle School Kwang Young Chun Installation

Hashimoto project best




Angles on Art Education

All middle school students should absolutely love art. Later in life, conforming to all sorts of expectations may hinder creative thinking, but 12, 13, and 14 year olds have pique access.  They’re aware of the world, they feel empowered to express opinions, they find joy in imagination, and they take pride in creative expression.  Art class is a safe zone for all points to merge.  By letting paintings trigger ideas, by discovering sculptures encourage new perspectives and by finding creative problem solving helps to overcome challenges, students’ fill their tool boxes for life. A Sharpie in hand teaches a child to see. An inspiring prompt opens worlds of wonder. Most students will not pursue professional fine art careers, but early love may trigger lifelong enthusiasm.  It may stoke interest in collecting, art may inspire travel and it may propel all sorts of discovery from outside-of-the-box visionaries.

Middle school children will continue using principles and elements of design for constructing online content, for developing personal and business personas, and for making endless daily aesthetic decisions.  Understanding art and design requires foundation skills, training, and hard work.  Nevertheless, one step inside the art room should feel like entry into an exciting parallel world, where imagination and (semi) free expression join together with materials and techniques to empower kids to thrive.

2015-2016 Students’ Picture Books

Saturday in Chelsea for Young Art Enthusiasts

Art Trips are the Best, Ever!

7th Grade – Isolated Ambassadors for Peace in West Papua

Multicultural Assignments

Teaching Awards and Honors

Making the Metropolitan Museum Kids’ Favorite Destination, Ever!

Powerful art can alter perception, challenge perspectives, inspire creativity, and trigger interaction. Kids’ early experiences often determine subsequent depth of interest.  If they leap for joy and love communicating observations, they’re hooked!

After their 2015 trip to the Metropolitan Museum, this 4 and 6 year old asked 100 times when they could go again.  You might wonder, “What makes 4 and 6 year olds enjoy museums?”  Their job, as young art critics, was to assess posteriors in several wings of the museum.  They took their jobs extremely seriously, as they discussed shape, color, size and texture….