Conflict & Resolution
Pencils & Pixels
What do our students need to know, in order to become thoughtful and visionary artists?
While planning the eight-week Spiral Workshop curriculum, our concern for student learning was twofold–What ideas will the students learn? What technical skills will the students acquire? An important consideration in our planning process was thinking about the emotional climate of the group. Computer classes have the potential to isolate students from each other. In order to counteract this alienating effect, we considered how to enliven the atmosphere through meaningful interactive activities.
While exploring various notions of conflict and resolution in 21st century society, we led youth artists in exploring how to make artworks that combine and recombine hand-generated and computer-generated imagery—both are tools of 21st century artmaking. Students built a firm foundation for professionally utilizing the great capacity of Adobe Photoshop. Image presentations introduced students to contemporary artists working in a wide range of media. Our art choices focused on artists’ roles in shaping awareness of the issues effecting contemporary life.
Our emphasis was teaching the skills associated with artistic thinking–including the ability to “see” clearly, analyze, reflect, make judgments, forge connections among ideas and information, and generate new ideas from diverse sources. The various creative experiences explored within the Conflict & Resolution group fostered the problem solving and reflective thinking skills needed for conflict resolution in a troubled world.
Conflict & Resolution final project