Collaborative Wall Collections
The most significant aspects of a structure often go unnoticed.
In Art Education, the building blocks of most curricula are the
individual student art projects--each student works alone, exploring
the concept of creativity solely within the paradigm of Western,
individual creative genius. Yet creativity has many forms. Some
argue that all creative expression is a result of a collectivity,
of the zeitgest, the times, the community of discourse. Similarly,
much contemporary learning theory focuses on the ecology of the
classroom--a collective, rather than an individual and competitive
model of learning.
The Collaborative Wall Collections project is a powerful tool for
investigating and presenting thematic material to the school community.
Its an ideal way to integrate artmaking into other areas of
the curriculum. Students consider symbolic and diagrammatic forms
of representation, experiment with the effect that the juxtaposition
of images has on the creation of meaning, and experience the sense
of accomplishment, community, and communication that comes from
creating a large scale dramatic piece. The effort to impact ratio
for this project is excellent--a few dollars in art supplies and
a week of class time gives art students and the entire school community
a vivid experience in reshaping the visual environment.
This project involves the display and arrangement of individual
elements, created or collected, by members of the collaborative
group. The elements brought to the group become the material out
of which the final work is constructed.