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Our Stage III Collaborative Art Project for Back To School Night
Families who visited the Stage III art studio during Back to School Night had a taste of the creative process as they added to our collaborative art pieces. During our Visitation weeks, the children focused on the elements of color, line and shape as they painted, drew, and collaged on large pieces of paper. On Back to School Night, families were invited to pick up an art tool or materials and add to our compositions. The pieces are on display outdid the art room.
Drawing Closer to Nature at Stewart Farm
Stage III Visits the HereHear Exhibition.
We Explore the Art of Nick Cave.
Each Gallery of Nick's HereHear exhibition held much for us to enjoy and ponder. The first gallery is filled with exuberant Soundsuits. These pieces are filled with vibrant colors and a huge variety of textural surfaces. The next gallery, Collective Dreaming, engaged us in the narrative of Nick's childhood; the Soundsuits in this room tell the story of Nick and his brothers taking in the night sky. Nick also encourages us to collectively dream and use our imaginations to solve real life problems. Property, the piece featured above, tells the story of collections and ownership. Nick owns the items in the boxes, from paintbrushes handmade by his grandfather to sculptures of hands cast from his own. Nick found the Blackamoor figurine that stands looking over the collection in Tennessee; these demeaning pieces connect with our country's history of slavery and remind us of our past. Although they are difficult to view, Nick reminds us that knowing our past is an integral part of understanding and resolving our current problems. As we leave the gallery, Nick inspires us with the words of Martin Luther King: "The time is always right to do right."
Although filled with joy and beauty, Nick also gives us much to think about in his work. His messages of celebrating diversity, tolerance and the importance of community seem to mesh beautifully with our Roeper philosophy.
Some of Us Meet Nick Cave!
Nick just happened to be in the gallery when our first two Stage III classes arrived. He came over and seemed delighted to talk with our children. Everyone was impressed with their thoughtful and insightful questions. This was truly an extraordinary experience!
Partnering with the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy and Detroit School of the Arts, 30 dancer/horse/sculptures paraded in the Milliken State Park on the riverfront today. Nick calls these events spectacles, and this was certainly a joyous one! It was wonderful to see Roeper families and staff enjoying this experience together.
Coming soon: Our Stage III Installation in the Lobby, First-Year Self-Portraits and Assemblages: Explorations of Identity