It was the second time back at City Arts for the Monday group, since classes weren’t held on the holiday last week. We were all very excited to go back and see the young artists take initiative with their photos. Although some of our crew was sick, we were ready to take on the lesson. The subject for this lesson was “What does City Arts mean to you?”. The class began with drawing on a large piece of paper together, and they could draw or write anything that represents City Arts for them. Some young artists drew paintbrushes, flowers with their names in them, and wrote a few words about City Arts. However, one student merely drew lines all across the paper. When asked about them, she replied, “I’m connecting everyone’s art and what City Arts mean to them”. This answer showed the goal of City Arts: to build a safe community where young artists can come together and learn together.
We then began our main activity of the lesson, which consisted of the young artists taking pictures around the building that represent what City Arts means to them. Some had pictures of friends, the water fountain, and the artwork on the wall. Every young artist was required to take 25 pictures, and pick their favorite 5 to show to the class. After we took the pictures, we weren’t able to see everyone’s top 5 favorite pictures. Therefore, each young artist showed their favorite picture about what City Arts meant to them. This was a great way for us as teachers to see some of what the young artists see at when they think of City Arts. We can’t wait for next week!