#WHSoc20 and #Feedback from the #SchoolYear

Taylor Gray
Taylor Gray – What a GREAT view of your community. Thanks Taylor for doing your part in making my school year one of the BEST ones yet! Mr. Korb!

Sunday night and I sit in the family room eating my popcorn, sitting back and watching the Tony Awards with my daughter. She’s beginning her first day of summer vacation with rehearsals for her show choir and I begin my first days of summer vacation in 3 days… oh well. My blog may take a hit as the summer begins, fewer posts yes, but more specific to educational topics versus the “Day to Day” stuff that happens in my classroom

It was a great year (give or take 5.5% of it) and I begin by thanking my students. Now that is not some trite comment that “every teacher says to their classes,” but is TRULY who I owe my thanks to. Yes, many great things have happened that were not necessarily on behalf of the direct actions of my students: ASCD Presentation in Los Angeles (via this website and my good friend and collaborator Janie Pollock), University of Melbourne, Australia Presentation (again… this website and Janie Pollock), EXCITING trip to Washington D.C. for National Teacher’s Appreciation Social (Thank you to Dr. Jill Biden and her staff), development of #WHSoc20 with the other 20 teachers from the Washington D.C. trip, new construction of a gallery space in our school to highlight the  the importance and elevate the standing of the visual arts in our society… and I could REALLY go on.

With all that I have been able to accomplish, all the highlights, it is the writing of my students (and the artwork) that really makes me proud. I provide a survey at the end of the year for kids to offer me feedback about my courses, lessons, classroom practices, and the like. I was surprised by a few of the responses and not surprised by others. The ones that REALLY stood out were less about me and more about what the kids took away from the courses. Those are what I share with you below. Please… if you have read this far, take the time to read even further… offer me YOUR feedback and I will share it with them.

Lastly, Wednesday, June 11 at 8:00pm CST on Twitter using #WHSoc20 you can join the conversation about the BEST ASPECTS of THIS year from a number of educators from across the country. We all met at the White House this spring and are doing what we can to spread the great news and practices in education… I hope you can join us…

Students Comments:

Q: Is there anything about this class that frustrates you?

  • The only thing that frustrates me is that I can’t be in art class all day.
  • It doesn’t have anything to do with Mr. Korb but it does with some of the students. Some of them are so disrespectful to each other and to the supplies they are given. It’s ridiculous.
  • That it is over.
  • there can be conflicts in what he see and i see and we
  • can butt heads on somethings
  • Only that I won’t be in class anymore [Insert Tears here.
  • Sometimes it feels like there is a lot of work put on me for projects.
  • Nothing really frustrates me, I like the fact that Mr. Korb gave us the opportunity to pick what we wanted to do for the projects.
  • that I can’t really take your great class (This one struck me with a 🙂 because I think she [Kira Baird – contact me at my email address, I’d love to talk!] is from NYC.

I wanted to go through more of the questions but… I will be saving them for the next post – Q: What do you like best about this class and / or teacher?

Thank you ALL for taking my classes and allowing me the BEST JOB IN THE WORLD for another year… Please send me your comments and thoughts! Subscribe and share the idea to subscribe. I have plans to share a lot this summer as I work on two articles on education and all that I have done and what can be done in the classroom… any classroom.

Frank

How about you and your #community ? Are you a part of it?

“A dream only becomes overrated when not pursued by the dreamer.”

― Courtney Hickman

Art Foundations: Collage! Social Commentary – BULLYING!

WORKSHEET and Romare Bearden Foundation

Collage – Keep it clean and organized – PLAN IT OUT! http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2012/07/29/nyregion/29ARTSNJ2_SPAN/29ARTSNJ2_SPAN-articleLarge.jpg

Goals

  1. 1.3 communicate your thoughts on social topics of Bullying clearly – What is your MAIN IDEA? Write THAT down…
  2. 4.3 compare relationships in BULLYING COLLAGE in terms of your culture. How are you creating a work that speaks to the topic of BULLYING in YOUR CULTURE – Let’s take a moment and REALLY Share!
  3. DUE ON TUESDAY of NEXT WEEK!

WHY is BULLYING an important topic BESIDES Mr. Korb said we were doing this? What are you doing to EMPHASIZE and MAKE CLEAR the topic you have chosen? How is the imagery you are working on representing the work you are creating.

Drawing: Neighborhoods and OBSERVATION

Emil Kosa, Jr., Los Angeles (1933), graphite on paper, 12 x 15″. Private collection. How are you planning on working?

Goals

  1. 5.1 identify the rationale behind making art. What are YOU saying about YOUR Community? Share these ideas with your classmates.

What advancements have you made in the work so far? The compositions and ideas behind the design? What are you doing to advance the project and make it work visually? What have you learned from TWO DAYS of drawing outside and how can you put that into the project next week?

AP Studio Art: Collaboration and WORK!

collaborative Work on MURAL Scale! http://www.handprintpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/mckinley1.jpg

Goals

  1. 1.2 create art that demonstrates an understanding of how your ideas relate to the 1.2.1 materials, 1.2.2 techniques, 1.2.3 and processes you use through COLLABORATION – NOW we are rolling!

What has been the largest contribution that you have made to the work here? What are you going to be adding next week?

Get out and do some #PleinAir #Drawing – #Communication with Janie and Australia!

“A dream only becomes overrated when not pursued by the dreamer.”

― Courtney Hickman

Why can’t the snapshot of my video be a little less GOOFY looking?

Art Foundations: Bullying and the Critical Thinking it takes to discuss the social topic. WORKSHEET and Romare Bearden Foundation

Romare Bearden and Collage – what can you do to create an environment? http://www.alexrosenbergfineart.com/images/beardentrain.jp

GOALS

  1. 1.3 communicate your thoughts on social topics clearly

Talk to one another about the topics of Bullying and Social Commentary. What are 3 things about each that you have learned and think would be helpful to share tomorrow.

Drawing: OUTSIDE – Sketchbook – DRAW from OBSERVATION

American Regionalist –  – WEBPAGE – BRIEF explanation. http://i.huffpost.com/gen/1086988/thumbs/o-CALIFORNIA-SCENE-PAINTING-570.jpg?

Emil Kosa – California Regionalist 1940.

GOALS

  1. 2.6 create multiple solutions to visual challenges that show understanding in relationships between composition, meaning of artwork, and inspiration of American Regionalists.

What did Thomas Hart Benton and Other Regionalists teach you about society, community, and Composition?

AP Studio Art: Collaborate!

Collaboration – Andy Warhol and Jean Michel Basquiat – GREAT WORKS! Website! http://cdn.theatlantic.com/static/mt/assets/culture_test/kelly_warholbasquiat_post.jpg

GOALS

  1. 2.3 create COLLABORATIVE artwork that solve visual challenge about Technology and Art (?)

After having THOUGHT about the idea of collaboration, what do you hope to CONTRIBUTE and TAKE AWAY from this process?

Stay on TARGET. FIGURE in your SPACE and COMPOSE a good GOAL for yourself.

“No matter how many goals you have achieved, you must set your sights on a higher one.” – Jessica Savitch

Target with 4 Faces… What does the target do? What do the faces mean? 1000 Points if you let me know your thoughts… (The points are for bragging rights only). http://www.moma.org/collection_images/resized/148/w500h420/CRI_80148.jpg

Art Foundations: Last 1/2 hour to work… Are you coming in after school to pick up pastels?

What DISCOVERY have you made about the use of MICROSCOPIC IMAGES and the designing of 2 Point Perspective Artworks? http://thehomeschoolscientist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/looking-at-hair-in-a-microscope.jpg

Goals:

  1. 4.4 evaluate and interpret your art for relationships in 4.4.1 form 4.4.2 context and 4.4.3 meanings showing understanding of the work of various art professionals* ANSWER THIS FOR YOUR GOALS? What relationships do you see between your work and the ORIGINAL Scientists vision of the microorganism?

What was the best and the worst part of the work? What are you going to take into your next major artwork that you learned from this artwork? What makes you stop and THINK about the work you have seen bu others?

Drawing: FINAL DAY! These are AWESOME – Get Ready to WRITE about the work as you make your artist statement!

What can you be thinking about as you wrap up your Kandinsky inspired work? What do you think he might have been thinking about. http://www.artesmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/KANDIN-PORTR2.jpg

Goals:

  1. 4.4 evaluate and interpret your art for relationships in 4.4.1 form 4.4.2 context and 4.4.3 meanings showing understanding of the work of various art professionals* – Answer this for your GOALS: What are the STRONG relationships you have with Kandinsky in his work and yours?

What did you take away from this overall DEEP and difficult project?

AP Studio Art: 1 Drawing today – 20 minute reclining figure – How about looking at a Henry Moore instead of the Mary Cassatt.

How did Henri Moore work the figures from the REAL to the SCULPTURAL? https://korbartwuhs.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/f0316-sculpturedrawings.png

Goals:

  1. 2.3 create artworks that solve visual challenges – ANSWER THIS: What has been the BIGGEST CHALLENGE you have faced with the idea / activity of the figure drawing? How will you handle 20 minutes today?

How did things go today? Look at everyones drawings and make comments about their figure drawings in their binders.

What did you hope to gain from yesterday? What do you hope to gain from today?

While in class we set goals in class based on the N.V.A.S. and the N.E.T.S… let’s take a look at our individual picture for a moment. Please think about the larger goal (NVAS) that is presented, but write out what we were hoping to gain from these experiences. It is always good to “look into the rear view mirror” to see who we were that made us who we are. Challenging to really see perhaps, but always good to think about and reflect upon.

“No matter how many goals you have achieved, you must set your sights on a higher one.” – Jessica Savitch

Go Waterford! I don’t think that was what Jasper Johns had in mind when he painted his green target. https://korbartwuhs.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/ae31e-johns_jasper_green_target_2.jpg

Art Foundations: Microscopic Images make for some HUGE Successes. Great work across the board!

What do you see? What will your audience see? http://www.rawstory.com/rs/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/shutterstock_78829726-615×345.jpg

Goals:

  1. What does your pastel drawing say about how you understand the relationships in 4.4.1 form 4.4.2 context and 4.4.3 meanings? What were YOU hoping to learn or take away from this project?

REVIEW the work you have done for today. What do you need to do for tomorrow? What do you need to expand on, tweak? Share the ideas / challenges with your neighbors.

Drawing: What does your music say to you? Perhaps revisit the song and see if it takes you where you wanted to go.

NOT Kandinsky but Klee – What was about this work that Hitler and the Nazi’s were so afraid of? Read the attached article to see more from the Neue Gallerie in New York City – Current Exhibit – Degenerate Art. http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/3/13/1394725009303/Paul-Klee-1879-1940-The-A-001.jpg

Goals:

  1. What does your Kandinsky inspired pastel drawing say about how you understand the relationships in 4.4.1 form 4.4.2 context and 4.4.3 meanings? What were YOU hoping to learn or take away from this project?

How does your art compare with the work of “professionals” and how can you work to create a better understanding of your approach / intent / ideas? Please don’t think of worse than or better than, but rather compare / contrast, similar / different.

AP Studio Art: Great to be a GROUP again… Let’s draw MORE of US!

Where was Mary Cassatt FOCUSED and where did she demonstrate expression? We’re still GESTURING! http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/cassatt/theater.jpg

Goals:

  1. 3.2 apply our models poses, and idea of capturing the human form QUICKLY and use skill to capture that pose and form completely. What does this mean to you?

What are the strengths of the Composition? Where do you find the weaknesses in your work? How can you reflect tomorrow to change / alter  / move forward from that?

HIT YOUR TARGET – If you miss – shoot again!

What goals have you set for yourself? Are they BIG and BOLD? Are they small and subtle? Regardless as to the goals you have, make them attainable – but not too easy… you may get bored, and not too difficult… you may get frustrated. Just make them a smidge out of reach so you have to stretch!

“No matter how many goals you have achieved, you must set your sights on a higher one.” – Jessica Savitch

Jasper Johns – All sorts of approaches to his goals. http://www.christies.com/lotfinderimages/d53152/d5315228l.jpg

Art Foundations 2D: EXTENDED DEADLINES – So long as the GREAT WORK continues.

What is going on with your drawing as you resolve it? http://www.examiner.com/images/blog/EXID8310/images/BevShotsAustralian-Pale-Lager.jpg

Goals:

  1. 2.3 Resolve (extended deadline) your pastel drawing as you solve visual challenges. ALSO Consider the reflection on your works.

What was the most interesting thing you took away from this process of two point perspective, pastel drawing, microscopic images? Talk to your neighbor about the project and have a REAL discussion.

Drawing: EXTENDED DEADLINES – So long as the GREAT WORK continues.

Goals:

  1. 2.4 compare Kandinsky’s points of view and your theory regarding composition and meaning in artwork. This is going to be the PAPER you present for this work… BE THOUGHTFUL – Korb will bring you up to speed.

As this develops, how are your ideas and Kandinsky’s similar and how are they different? What might you take away from this experience? How can you share that idea with the world? WRITE this out from the beginning of the hour. Has it Changed?

AP Studio Art: Gesture Drawing – Remember this stuff? Let’s see what you can do.

GESTURE – Not Scribbles – but not too far from it! http://www.hoover.k12.al.us/sphs/visualarts/emyers/for%20elements%20page/gesture_drawings.jpg

Goals:

  1. 1.2 create gesture drawings that demonstrates an understanding of how your ideas and observations (and mark making) relates to the 1.2.1 materials, 1.2.2 techniques, 1.2.3 and processes you use.

  2. 1.3 communicate ideas clearly

What was most difficult about the drawings today? what were the things that you found fun? What is your largest fear of the human form?

Are you on TARGET with your GOALS? Jasper Johns sure is!

“No matter how many goals you have achieved, you must set your sights on a higher one.” – Jessica Savitch

Are you on TARGET with your Day to Day goals? Have you ever thought about setting goals of your own? Write them down and you will be more likely to hit them! http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3228/3137422976_fe5f9bc44e_o.jpg

Art Foundations: 2 Days until your drawing is DUE!

Simple Color Choices… How are you using YOUR choices in color? http://images.fineartamerica.com/images-medium-large/1-microscopic-arrangement-darlyne-a-murawski.jpg

Goals

  1. 1.2 create Oil Pastel 2 Point Perspective drawing that demonstrates an understanding of how your ideas relate to the 1.2.1 materials, 1.2.2 techniques, 1.2.3 and processes you use

  2. 1.3 communicate your personal ideas clearly

What do you you need to CLEAN things up before Wednesday rolls around? How are you going to write about the work?

Drawing: THURSDAY CRITIQUE

Goals

  1. 3.2 apply GEOMETRIC subjects, symbols, and KANDINSKY / BAUHAUS based ideas in art and use skill to solve visual challenges

Biggest struggle / success for today? Write it out and the WHY!

AP Studio Art: Critique Today – Figure Drawing TOMORROW!

What are these? Aren’t you glad you do not use them? I sure am… However, Photoshop can’t fix a bad photograph… Make good original images. http://www.theodmgroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/photo-slides.jpg

Goals

  1. 4.4 evaluate and interpret your art for relationships in 4.4.1 form 4.4.2 context and 4.4.3 meanings showing understanding of the work of various art professionals*

Of ALL the works you have created SO FAR… Which are the BEST 5? TOMORROW… Mounting the QUALITY Section of the portfolio.

For so many… this is the last week for your latest work of art!

THANKS JANIE for letting me be part of the SCAD conference! See you soon!

If you have not yet signed up for the texting service… one more day of information:

“No matter how many goals you have achieved, you must set your sights on a higher one.” – Jessica Savitch

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3228/3137422976_faf68ecdd1.jpg

Hit the target – aim high! http://www.artchive.com/artchive/J/johns/targcast.jpg

Art Foundations: 3 Days to RESOLVE your Work!

COLORS and FORM… What are you doing in the 3D aspects of your artwork? http://jibibap.files.wordpress.com/2007/04/cover.jpg

GOALS:

  1. 1.1 apply media, techniques, and processes with 1.1.1 skill, 1.1.2 confidence, 1.1.3 and awareness so that your ideas are executed well

What are questions that you feel will be worth talking about as you write about the drawing and the original image? Come up with 3 questions between the two of you and TURN THEM in on the notecards provided.

Drawing: How Kandinsky did what he did – how can you(ski) do what you do?

GOALS:

  1. 3.1 reflect on how YOUR art differs and describe how it relates to YOUR history and cultures
  2. 3.2 apply subjects, symbols, and ideas in art and use skill to solve visual challenges

SHARE YOUR THEORY AND DRAWING WITH YOUR CLASSMATE – Last 10 Minutes – CONVERSATION and write down what you have learned from your classmate

AP Studio Art: CRIT!

Time to begin thinking about the final images and the photographs. https://korbartwuhs.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/a210b-6a01156f8c7eb4970c015391f9d982970b-800wi.jpg

GOALS:

  1. 4.4 evaluate and interpret your art for relationships in 4.4.1 form 4.4.2 context and 4.4.3 meanings showing understanding of the work of various art professionals*

How does your art compare with the work of “professionals” and how can you work to create a better understanding of your approach / intent / ideas?)

Hello Janie and everyone at the ASCD conference!

69th Annual ASCD Conference Attendees (and Janie) – Welcome to my DAY to DAY Goals Website!

Take a tour, have a look, follow me, and see how I effectively use technology as a tool for interaction, content, resources, collaboration and communications tool in my classroom. If you would like to contact me – you can e-mail me at fjkorb@gmail.com. Enjoy!

GOALS:

  1. Know about how one teacher uses technology in the classroom as a tool for interaction, engagement, content, and a resource for students, parents, and the world!
  2. Know about the benefits and positive aspects GANAG and all its components have added to one teacher’s ability to be more effective instructor and planner for my students (and the world)!

Take a minute and discuss with your neighbors about any questions about the how I use technology in my classroom? How are you effectively using technology as a learning tool, interactive tool, tool of engagement in your classroom? What else might you try out? Did you get my e-mail address for questions you might have? How about my website address?

April 6, 2013 – Saturday – The ABC’s of Art 2013

The Newest ABC of the Arts: A – Z
By: Frank Korb

Frank Korb

Frank Korb

In 2002 and again in 2007, John Tusa of The Guardian wrote the ABC’s of what was facing the world of the arts and how to deal with them. Inspired by his ABC’s, these are my 26 thoughts on the importance of support of the arts in school systems and communities across the country / world.

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A is for Assessment – One’s self and the evaluation of others needs for evaluation and assessment of hard and dedicated work is essential in a well rounded and successful art education. With a focus on the learning of technique and terms as well as a space that allows for REAL exhibition – knowing that the work will earn a space on the white wall of the gallery – gives more credence to the learning and assessment of that learning.

B is for Business – The operations of what it takes to be an artist and to deal with a gallery (space) becomes a needed aspect of courses  taught and give the students an understanding (or at least exposure) to the marketing, hanging, organizing, business end of being a professional artist. When the first show is up, opened, appreciated and critiques, and finally taken down, the learning of the hard work of being an artist in the truest sense of the job, is finally understood.

C is for Collaboration – Working with individuals from the arts community, gaining ideas and insights from professionals, and developing ideas together are skills and tools that are often looked for in professionals entering the working world. the gallery space would give students, faculty, and the community these opportunities to work together to reinforce the importance of the Arts in our growing community and culture.

D is for Development – Art making, speaking, and critiquing skills are abilities that are important aspects of the student’s education that need to be honed and developed. Art in the schools and community, and a space to share those artworks and skills allow for skills to be developed and delivered in an honorable and respectable way, thus  allowing for artistic pride in one’s work to be reinforced.

E is for Education – The lessons and skills learned in the making of art are enhanced through the lessons and skills developed through the exhibition of art as the artist keeps the goals of presentation, conversation, and appreciation in mind as the work is created.

F is for Fine Art – The final product (but for the artist not the most important part of the art – that would be process) that the hard and dedicated work an artist strives to produce and be recognized for.

G is for Goals – It is all about setting them, working towards them, and then reflecting upon them as they are completed (or not completed). The presentation and conversation allows for the “wall” to be the Goal for the learning and a place for reflecting upon the ideas of whether or not those goals were accomplished in the process. What is it that we hope to learn from the process of making art? Is is only about the manipulation of a medium on a ground? Is it only about the plasticity of a clay or metal? Is it just the digital images put into the computer and reproduced through the printer? NO! The objectives are larger than the simple “art making” and revolve around History, Aesthetics, and Art Criticism.

H is for Holistic – It starts with concepts to practice, then practice to presentation, presentation to conversation, conversation to appreciation. The appreciation on a gallery wall is the final space that artists work long and hard to achieve recognition (one more step would be to the hands and walls of the arts patron – but that is another story).

I is for Importance – The importance of the visual arts is often overlooked, yet when walls need decorating, fliers need printing, shirts need designing, sets need painting, the visual artists are the ones that are called upon. Image the walls of a household, office, classroom without the visuals – how sterile and unimportant would that space be (think of a prison cell… maybe I have offered up too much information – Just Kidding.)?

J is for Juxtaposition – The side by side comparison of professional artists, the community artists, and the student artists is essential to the community of artists and learners. The professional, weekend warrior, and the student learning what it is to work in and be around art may not always be attained by those in the arts BUT it is essential to the arts. The Artist, the Critic, the Historian, the Consumer… Art does not get made in a vacuum and is essential to all those involved.

K is for Kindred Spirits – The closeness of a group of artists (professionals and students alike) who are making work, discovering skills and abilities, solving problems and coming up with new and inventive solutions, and then showing work together with a sense of pride… this is something desperately needed in our world – here is an opportunity to promote that spirit of unity. Start an art group with your friends and have pizza while talking about the art you make.

L is for Lifelong Learning – What does it take to be an artist? This is a question that many colleges and universities fail to provide a solid answer for. Opportunities abound as one learns what it is to juggle the time, management, resources, artworks, and all the other things that are part of a successful artist (professional and students alike).

M is for Mediums – So often students are afraid of the learn the basics of handling a medium, yet tend to be amazed at what a completed artwork in an unfamiliar (or all too familiar) medium is. Through the use of the visual arts, high quality and resolved ideas,  images, experiments, mediums, topics, sizes, colors… you name it… are experienced in a way that allows the risk of failure to be superseded by the potential of new success.

N is for New – New ideas and opportunities  that individuals come up with allow for a different approach for problem solving and discoveries of the self that other ways of thinking may not be able to provide.

O is for Opportunities – The arts offer the students so many opportunities to create and work their minds in different ways that other areas of academia do not. Studio spaces, drawing tables, sketchbooks, empty canvases, open minds, supportive communities and families offer that opportunity.

P is for Professionalism – As a high school teacher (and former high school student) it is one thing to move a pushpin display board around the cafeteria and pin artwork to it in hopes that it gets looked at and appreciated (and not touched and smeared up by other students). It is another thing altogether to give the work by our quality students a place to be appreciated in a space that allows the viewer to step back and see the hard fought efforts on display is a safe and protected space. Many people (students, myself as a high school student and even at the college level) are often too intimidated to even venture into an art gallery if they stumbled upon one. While a critique can often be a good destination for artwork, a gallery IS the destination for artwork (MoMA will be calling soon enough) while a pushpin display board is a destination for a mid-critique… maybe.

Q is for Quiet – Reflection is always a wonderful and necessary skill to develop as one thinks about the skills that have been mastered and the skills that need refining. The arts, and a place to properly view the visual arts, allow for that necessary practice of self-reflection and contemplation to occur. As artists work through the process of making art, the sense of reflection (and feedback from those involved and interested in the work) is essential to that process of making art.

R is for Reflection – See above (Quiet). If the above is not convincing enough, try Socrates out for size with”The unexamined life is not worth living.”

S is for Society – Art has defined, redefined, reflected, and changed society since the beginning of humankind. The arts challenge our perceptions and help us see the world in new and creative ways (Sixteen Trend: Their Profound Impact on Pur Future, p 170). From the cave paintings at Lascaux, where the artists painted their ceremony and day to day activities to the Renaissance artists where Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni defined what it was to create perfection and question the status quo. Pablo Picasso and his , the visual representation of the horror, bloodshed, and devastation of the small Basque Country village of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War.  Society of the past would not be known without the arts and the society of today requires the same.

T is for Teamwork – By working together, students, faculty, community members can create exhibitions,  build collections, and develop relationships, “conceive of ideas, products, services, performances and pathways to peace and understanding. The arts can help us find common ground (170)”. They can build the skills to really understand what it’s like to work as a team and come up with extraordinary results.

U is for Unity – Artists (and the rest of us who may not be artists – me excluded as I am one… whatever that means) have a need for the a sense of belonging. While the sharing of a personal body of work is one way to create a sense of unity among the artworks, the gathering of artists, whether it be at a local coffee shop, gallery, or museum, (or family room over pizza and beverages once a month – Thanks Ted) is essential in the development of a strong body of work and connection.

V is for Variety – Artists offer so much more than what they tend to get credit for when it comes to the work they produce and the individuals they are. The diversity of works that the artists create is only outdone by the diversity of actual artists themselves that are out int he community. The use of UNITY (see above) is something that helps bring them all together to share their ideas and breakthroughs in the future of the arts.

W is for Wanting – There is something that everybody wants. Whether it be love, community, understanding, attention, conversation, or something else entirely. The visual arts offer these and more tho those who are interested enough in the investigation and risks that are involved. Go ahead… make a mistake, try something new, forge a path ahead that nobody else has had the courage to do as of yet. The visual arts DARE you!

X is for eXtraordinary – The use of eXtraordinary here is because the level of education that the visual arts offer to the community is just that, extraordinary. The images and thoughts that are offered, the levels of skill that are developed, the levels and expectations of visual understanding and thought set in front of the audience (and maker alike) are high. Hopefully just high enough that reaching for them is within the grasp of everyone. The end result is if those challenges are actually reached for and grasped by those that they are put in front of.

Y is for Youth – The kids are the future and we, the mature artists, are there for them. The youth of our community is challenged by what it is to make art, to appreciate art, and to learn from art. Why we, as artists, are all here is to help them know about the importance of the arts in their developmental opportunities toward acquiring the knowledge, skills and experiences to become successful and responsible adults.

Z is for Zackenstil – While this zig-zag style of art (created in the 13th-century) was used in sculpture, painting, stained glass and manuscript illumination (and is reputedly an offshoot of the angularly-draped clothing one sees on human figures in Byzantine art) helps to demonstrate the wide variety of approaches to making art. The arts elevate the ideas of learning and through the academics as well as lifelong learning of our community and world. The arts brings the rest of out existence to a new and higher level.