INSTEP Art: Delving Deeper and Making Connections ☆

This summer, students in the INSTEP Art program had the opportunity to participate in an inventive workshop with Maine-based artist Lissa Hunter. With numerous residencies, exhibitions, fellowships, and awards on her resume, Hunter brought a wealth of experience and creativity with her to the workshop. Her own work, which includes drawing, basket making, and a variety of mixed media pieces, served as a foundation for the innovative experience in which the students engaged.

Participants were given a list of adjectives that provided clues about a specific object. They were also provided with a series of materials with which to work and a list of construction techniques. Using the descriptors as a guide, students were given two hours to create an object that reflected their idea of what was described.

Because the task was entirely open for interpretation, the results were as varied as the lives and personalities of the workshop participants. Meg Garner, a first year INSTEP student from San Francisco, enjoyed the experience. She had interpreted the clues to be describing a key and therefore made her version of that object out of wood and metal. She gleaned a lot from the exercise, including how to use both your imagination and your materials appropriately, listening to what they both have to say.

As INSTEP Art students take their classes over the course of three summer sessions, working towards their MA and professional certification as art educators, exercises such as these can undoubtedly serve as inspiration for techniques and projects they can do in their own classrooms in the future. Learning by doing is a fundamental approach to art education, making this workshop a rewarding experience for this summer’s INSTEP Art students.

Interested in participating in the INSTEP Art & Art Education program? Find out how, here.