CURRICULUM LAB: November 1-19 2017 at Studio Two Three

Jonathan Lee w/ Genesis Chapman, Tom Condon, Brooke Inman, Sarah Irvin, Aimee Joyaux, Bizhan Khodabandeh, Blythe King, Ron Lee, Matt Lively, Katie McBride, Andrea Owens, Michael Pierce, Michael-Birch Pierce, Leigh Suggs, Sayaka Suzuki, Nathan Tersteeg, Tyler Thomas, Katie Wood

Photography by Shaun Aigner-Lee

Curriculum Lab was initially created as a project for 20 artists, each tasked with creating artwork inspired by discarded library materials, mostly from Virginia Commonwealth University's Curriculum Lab Collection of juvenile books. Each artist received a package with an instruction card and a minimum of 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 were displayed in a series of grids and sold to support the Richmond Performing Arts Alliance’s ELLA program, which brings arts-integrated literacy into public Pre-K classrooms across the greater Richmond area. The exhibition was previewed at a round table event at the 2017 Current Art Fair.

During the exhibition, there was also a series of workshops and activities inspired by the same materials. The workshop exercises are "hands on, minds on" activities that use art practices to teach visual and information literacy skills; focusing on critical thinking, problem based enquiry, awareness of personal biases, and research/discovery techniques. Through art-making and discussion, participants 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. Many of the workshops and activities were tested over the summer at the RPAA and Richmond Young Writers.

Wed Nov 1
+ show opens, webstores lauch
Sets of 20 available at:
Individual pieces available at:

Sat Nov 4
+ 3-6 pm: Activity Day: create your own Curriculum Lab card and art through screenprinting, drawing, painting, collage, and other mediums
+ 7-9pm: Opening Reception

Sun Nov 12
+ 10-1pm: Mixed-Media Hootenanny: Image Transfers, Rubber Stamps, and Collage Workshop w/ Brooke Inman, Aimee Joyaux, and Blythe King
+ 1-4pm: Curriculum Lab: The Workshop w/ Jonathan Lee

Sun Nov 19
+ 12-5pm: Pick Up / Pop Up: pick up purchased work and check out additional artwork from Curriculum Lab artists

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The RPAA's teen video production class will be making a documentary about Curriculum Lab. The class is free to public school students from anywhere in the area, endorsed by the Virginia Department of Education, and eligible for an independent study credit. See a preview / trailer HERE.