October 21, 2010
An Exchange of Ideas and Art
I feel very privileged to work with Becca Schaefer (see the earlier blog about her and Amanda Batson, my project assistants), art teacher(extraordinaire)at Rasor Elementary in Plano, Texas. She is leading a wonderful part of Renewing Material, hundreds of her elementary students are contributing to a "Talking Mural" exchange with students in Masaka, Uganda. This will be the 2nd mural exchange between Texas and Uganda, the first took place in 2008. If the 1st exchange is any indicator, this one will be impactful for all involved.
The theme of the mural is Renewing Material: Nurturing Environment. The way the mural works is that students begin by responding with vocabulary that expresses how they feel about the theme, then they explore and add images to illustrate their responses. Becca sent me a few words that her students came up with, I thought I'd share a few...Mia (9) wrote Keep the World Healthy, Quentin (10) wrote Make a Change.
The canvases will fly with us to Uganda this November and then completed at various schools in Uganda where they will remain. While in Uganda the students at the workshops will create and contribute to one large mural on barkcloth (a renewable resource from Uganda) that will then be completed and kept at Rasor Elementary.
Becca has done an excellent job teaching her students so much about Uganda and Fred Mutebi's artwork that they feel a part of this place across the globe!