Moore was delighted to welcome nearly 100 artists and educators for Moore’s 2017 Fall Art Education Symposium: Sculptural Practices for Diverse Learning Needs on Saturday, November 11th. The event featured inspiring keynotes by award-winning sculptors Roberto Lugo and Carol Saylor. Roberto and Carol’s presentations explored their work and process, expanding the conversation around diverse learning needs in the artroom. The symposium also featured hands-on workshops by partners The African American Museum of Philadelphia (led by Martina Johnson-Allen) and The Clay Studio (led by Mia DeCrescenzo), as well as artist educators Marilyn Keating and Hope Mead. Moore is grateful to partner organizations and artists across the city who help us to provide access to training and dialogue specifically around special populations in the art classroom for a fall and spring symposium each year.
All workshop sessions included take-away projects for participants. Marilyn Keating led a project to emphasize how how individuals, working as a team, can have a greater impact together where participants used hands-on techniques with paper, sticks, and string to create individual parts that, through teamwork, created a larger sculpture. Hope Mead’s sessions were inspired by Keynote Roberto Lugo, learning a creative way for students to engage with the work of Roberto Lugo by making their own "Hero Plate". Martina Johnson-Allen represented The African American Museum in Philadelphia, and presented a make-and-take workshop where participants explored the creation of a personal space/cultural space using geometric shapes that will tilt, fold, or curve at various angles to create an illusion of depth within a constant space within a box. Mia DeCrescenzo with The Clay Studio facilitated an activity for artists to create their own clay pieces, which were then fired by The Clay Studio for a finished ceramic work.
The Symposium received rave reviews, and we look forward to hearing back from our participating educators in how they implement lessons from the workshops into their own teaching practice.