Saturday, April 10, 2010

WPCA's busy art education programs!

This fun mandala that is going to be on display at Barnes and Noble bookstore at Mayfair Mall for the month of April as a part of MPS Afterschool Programs Art Show. It was created by the talented Kagel Elementary students at the Latino Community Center.

This project was produced as a part of Dare to Dream curriculum developed in partnership between Walker’s Point Center for the Arts and Arts@Large to provide quality art programming to Milwaukee’s youth. This program combines art and movement. Students learn a choreographed piece from Puerto Rico named bomba. Students also study the meaning of mandalas, cultural and historical contexts and how mandalas can be used as tools to visualize and achieve their dreams and aspirations.

The beginning of the piece is a photograph of the students in bomba formation taken from above. Then the photograph is enlarged and transferred to canvas so that students can paint and embellish it.

Students are taught elements and principles of art and dance for deeper understanding and meaningful art making process.

Dance Vocabulary: movement, space, time, level, direction, beat, duration...
Art Vocabulary: line, shape, symmetry, color, repetition, rhythm, balance...

The artist instructors for this project were Kate Bradley and Miriam Levie.

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