Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Community Arts Project

Poster for our project
Our objective to our community arts project was to bring awareness to the inequalities educators in comparison to teachers. My group and I put together a creative website, which showed who we are and what were the issues that we needed to get across and what were we planning to do to make a change. Some of the main issues my group and I included in the website were: payment, education, gender, and equal partnership. Even though we made a website, it was not really published since the presentation was not really a real campaign, however if we were to continue our project and move forward to find equality, than in that case we would publish the website. We used the arts to communicate our big idea by creating the poster in the picture above, and with the informative website. The poster would be posted around Toronto and at the bottom there is a link to the website, which people would use for more information.

Overall, I feel the presentation went well, we may have rushed it, but we were able to get everyone's attention on the cause and get our ideas across. After my group and I presented, we did not get feedback from our peers since it had to be a quick transition due to the amount of people presenting and the amount of time. However, the professor said it was a great-looking website, and it was a good project in general. Nonetheless, if I were to present this same objective again, I would definitely change it up a bit. I would make it more creative, find more ways in which people can help, and make a blog or an additional social networking site in order for people to gain information about our project.

This week's "art word of the week" I believe would be design or composition. According to Schirrmacher and Fox (2009), design or composition "is the overall mark of success, the standard of achievement..." (p. 142). I believe these words fit perfectly with our presentation since our design and layout of our website was used to catch the reader's attention.

I believe that doing a project similar to this one would be interesting for children to try out. Not necessarily going into full detail, but getting an idea that is really bothering them and find a way to share it to the class. It gives children the ability to think freely and come up with a creative way to share the class what are their thoughts and feelings towards some issues in the classroom and what peers and teachers can do differently to support. 

Schirrmacher, R., & Fox, J.E. (2009). Art and creative development for young children (6th Ed.). Belmont, CA: Delmar. 

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Guerilla Art

This weeks blog was to go out and leave a mark, guerilla art. The purpose of guerilla art, also known as street art, is to leave anonymous art pieces wherever you want and see the reactions that people have towards your artwork. When thinking of what to do as my guerilla art, I decided I wanted to do something fun. Something that people can actually participate in rather than just starring at it. Therefore, I decided to draw a couple of footsteps with sidewalk chalk around the Ryerson quad. Once finished, I stepped back and allowed for people to walk by and see what they would do when looking at the footsteps. After a few people simply walking by and starring, there was one person who smiled and jumped on each footstep and laughed when finished. Proving that guerilla art can sometimes be just plain fun!

I believe guerilla art is all about being creative in what you are displaying. Finding a creative way to have people's attention and look at your artwork. According to Schirrmacher and Fox (2009) creativity is "the ability to see things in new ways or combine unrelated things into something new" (p. 364). Creativity is seeing things in new ways, my guerilla art may not be seen in a new way but others' guerilla art may have different ways and meanings when looking at it.

As a future early childhood educator, I believe this would be an interesting activity to apply with children. It wouldn't necessarily need to be out on the street it can be at a park or in around their own homes, making it a fun experience for them. I feel that it is importnat for children to go out and try new things that they are not used to doing in the classroom. It would be interesting to see what type guerilla art they were to come up with!

My Guerilla Art


Schirrmacher, R., & Fox, J.E. (2009). Art and creative development for young children (6th Ed.). Belmont, CA: Delmar.