On May 25th, 2010, students in a kindergarten class in Newark's Alexander Annex School and both a kindergarten and a fourth grade class at the Far Brook School in Short Hills unveiled artwork done collaboratively as part of a program entitled "Conversations and Collaborations."
The program brought together the children from these very different schools and communities, using art as a medium of expression and communication. In September 2009, the children's teachers organized pen pal relationships. The children communicated with one another through drawings and writings. And, in March, the pen pals met for a day of art organized by artist and former Newark Public Schools teacher Joanne Leone. The students had the opportunity to learn more about each other and worked together to develop mixed media artwork.
At the May 25th program in Dana Library, a slide show of the children's activities and interactions over the past year was the featured presentation, followed by musical performances by three of the fourth graders. The program represented the exhibit opening for the artwork that the children created. Accompanied by additional art pieces and photographs, the writings the children sent to one another are on view in the display cases in the Lobby through the end of June. In addition, the children's artwork will be on display in Dana Library's Fourth Floor Gallery as a part of Leone's solo show, Layers, which opens June 3rd and runs through September 10th.
Posted June 2010