Curriculum Lab was initially created as a project for 20 artists: Jonathan Lee, Chino Amobi, Genesis Chapman, Tom Condon, Brooke Inman, Sarah Irvin, Bizhan Khodabandeh, Blythe King, Ron Lee, Matt Lively, Chris Mahonski, Katie McBride, Andrea Owens, Michael Pierce, Michael-Birch Pierce, Leigh Suggs, Sayaka Suzuki, Nathan Tersteeg, Tyler Thomas, and Katie Woods: tasked with creating artwork inspired by discarded library materials from juvenile books from Virginia Commonwealth University's Curriculum Lab Collection. Each artist received a package with an instruction card and 20 3.5x3" card pocket fronts to draw on, cover, cut, manipulate, combine, or add to in any way they choose. The rules: the artwork can be any depth but must remain 3.5x3" and should be inspired by the text on each card. Completed works will be arranged in a 35x6’ grid of 400 and sold to support the Richmond Performing Arts Alliance’s ELLA program, which brings arts-integrated literacy into low income Pre-K classrooms across the greater Richmond area. During the exhibition, there will also be series of workshops, inspired by the same materials, that touch on how information, social issues, the arts, and literacy intersect. The workshop exercises are hands on/minds on activities that use visual art practices to teach information literacy skills; focusing on critical thinking, problem based enquiry, awareness of personal biases, and research/discovery techniques. Through art-making and discussion, participants will take a deeper look at the relationships they have with words and images in order to create effective visual narratives that best convey what they want to say.
There will be an exhibition preview through panel discussions and office hours at the 2017 Current Art Fair, September 28 – October 1 at Main Street Station. Curriculum Lab runs November 1 – 19 at Studio Two Three, with an opening reception November 3, a full day of workshops on November 4, and additional workshop opportunities through out the month.
WORKSHOPS TO BE TESTED JULY - OCTOBER 2017. MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON. FEEL FREE TO GET IN TOUCH. CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES. #curriculumlab