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Saskia Neuman, freelance curator and art critic, recently visited TGS to work with students on collage and media in Creative Arts class.
What a great experience…
Having never met the students before the day of the class, I was actually quite nervous. Cecile had told me a lot about them, how everyone is incredibly inquisitive, open minded, and determined.
I started with a brief historical background about collage, then moved on to the technical aspects of creating multimedia collages. I witnessed the students begin truly interesting collage work in class.
One of our goals with the class was to focus on the ‘process’: to exercise taste and galvanize the students’ thoughts on art, pick components for a piece of collage, find an aesthetic and intention, and build on that. It was really interesting to see what images the students initially chose to work with and even more fascinating to see how they developed their ideas from there.
It was really fun to observe certain trends within the collage items – specific tv shows, bands, movies that kept reoccurring in the collages. Disney films were a definite favorite, along with the television show The Big Bang Theory! I am really impressed with the works the students made. It was amazing to see how they married the images they had chosen along with the sometimes subconscious messages the text and images produced together. At times the messages–or ‘hidden meanings’–were quite obvious, and with others there was a really clear voice from the start.
I am excited to see how the collages finally turn out!
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