FCOE PROJECTS AT THE FRESNO ART MUSEUM
COMMUNITY WIDE ART PROJECTS FOR FRESNO COUNTY STUDENTS:
The Fresno Art Museum's Education Committee, for the past several years, has been teaming up with the Fresno County Office of Education to create county-wide visual art projects that invite participation from every school (public, private, and homeschool) in the County. The submissions are often grouped by classrooms/schools and ALL works submitted are displayed in the Museum's ChildSpace classroom. Students are given an opportunity to bring their friends and families to see their work on display at the Museum on a free day, usually FAMily Day at the Museum.
PAST COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS BETWEEN FAM AND FCOE
- Mariposa Mall Design Challenge - The City of Fresno, the Fresno County of Office of Education, and the Fresno Art Museum are currently designing a lesson plan for all Fresno County K-12 students through a National Endowment for the Arts "Our Town" grant. It will be released in August 2015 at the beginning of the new school year and will provide several exhibition possibilities for students and an opportunity for three students to create maquettes of their vision for a sculptural structure for the Mariposa Mall before the National Call goes out to artists.
- Art of the Word - Visual and language arts program supporting the Kennedy Center's Any Given Child initiative for 67 elementary schools in Fresno Unified, serving over 6,000 third graders and their teachers. This project goes into its fourth year during the 2016/17 school year.
- The Future 50 - In response to the exhibitions C. Normart: 50 Years of Downtown and #DowntownVisions, students were invited to create their visions of downtown 50 years into the future (to the year 2063.) DOWNLOAD LESSON PLAN HERE.
- Let's Face It! (A Stencil Project) - Students were invited to create artwork using stencils to depict the human face in a way that expresses emotion, mood, or tone. Let's Face It! was inspired by the contemporary artwork of David Garibaldi, who worked with students at the Fresno Art Museum in the spring of 2013, and a portraiture exhibition from FAM's permanent collection. DOWNLOAD LESSON PLAN HERE.
- Faces of the Valley - Inspired by the RBC exhibition The Human Touch featuring figurative art. 2200 students from 93 classes from all regions of Fresno County participated. The opening of the student art exhibition drew 1300 people to the Museum, many of whom had never been to FAM before. DOWNLOAD LESSON PLAN HERE.
- Postcards from the Valley - Created in response to the exhibition, California: Landscape of Dreams. This exhibition brought in record numbers of submissions from which 20 winners were selected to be printed as actual postcards. The student awards and exhibition were combined with a Family Day event and attendance to that event exceeded 1200. DOWNLOAD LESSON PLAN HERE.
- Focus on the Valley - The project in the fall of 2012 and was a photography project inspired by three of our current photography exhibitions: Soul Calling: A Photographic Journey through the Hmong Diaspora, Ansel Adams' Born Free and Equal: Photographs of the Manzanar Relocation, and Stickwork: Environmental Art of Patrick Dougherty. DOWNLOAD LESSON PLAN HERE.
FAM'S EDUCATION COMMITTEE ALONG WITH FRESNO COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION MAKES THESE PROJECTS POSSIBLE.
FAM teaching artists, Leslie Batty, Scott Macaulay, and Eliana Saucedo worked with a journalism class taught by Susana Figueroa at West Fresno Middle School and Kirsten Wothe's art class at Kings Canyon Middle School to create and complete two murals for the schools. The students at West Fresno Middle School came into this project with no visual art experience. Both groups found new pride in their schools and learned a lot about art, math, working cooperatively, and so much more.
A BIG THANK YOU TO FRESNO COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION WHO MADE THIS POSSIBLE.
To see the video documentaries of these experiences, click below.
Projects co-sponsored by the Fresno Art Museum and