Join us this fall semester as we investigate the community garden at THEARC and approach food justice initiatives through art making activities. Students will investigate the symbolism of food through printmaking, scenography, natural dye painting, sculpting seed dumplings, and book making.
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ArtReach at THEARC
1901 Mississippi Ave.
SE, Washington, DC 20020
(Free onsite parking and located three blocks from Metro Green Line: Southern Ave Station)
Fall 2014 Semester
October 6 –December 18
Mondays 4:30 –6:00pm (Ages 8 –12)
Tuesdays 5:00– 6:30pm (Ages12-18)
Wednesday 4:30– 6:00pm (Ages 8-12)
Thursdays 5:00 – 6:30pm (Ages 12 –18)
You are what you crEATe From art’s earliest stages, food has been used as artistic language to express cultural, political and social values. Artists share depicted food as symbols to express ideas relating to identity through paintings, sculpture, and design. In this class students will look at how artists from the past and today use food as a visual tool for expression. Working in collaboration with THEARC’s community garden, ArtReach students will explore the aesthetics of plants, urban ecosystems, and the landscape of their natural environment. Closely investigating the architectural design, colors and textures found in plants, root systems, invasive species, and garden design, this class will experiment with botanical drawing from observation, painting with plant based dyes, printmaking with vegetables, and book making utilizing natural objects. Classes will work on collaborative and independent projects exploring their relationship to food found in their own backyard and halfway around the world. The topic of food allows artists to express ideas relating to identity. Through observation and visual investigation, students will gain a better understanding of their own urban garden and the civic and environmental impact of the food industry at a local and global level.