Arts Based School
Arts Based School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina is committed to active and creative scholarly exploration that engages students, their family/community and all school personnel in the learning experience. A strong core curriculum that builds on students’ life experiences and multiple ways of knowing/learning will be realized through individualized and intimate integrated interdisciplinary, arts-based instruction.
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Weaving Connections is the result of a month-long documentary filmmaking residency at Arts Based School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Eighth graders explored the local history of textiles and its disappearance, which lead to understanding the post-industrial economy, migrations and transitions resulting from globalization. Students documented field trips, interviewed industry leaders, dyed fabric, and composed a powerful visual story. Local ties to our global landscape come vividly to life in this short documentary.
Full documentary above, or watch the trailer here.
My Inside/Outside Self is my signature project. Students study portraiture and create black and white self-portraits. Image in hand, they write a self-portrait narrative, detailing what lives inside them - their dreams and wonder, feelings and observations, family and memory.
Collaboration is the art of working together. Two fourth graders explain how they teamed up to write a narrative text to go along with the illustrated book Tuesday.
Class Portrait - Identifying Us is the culmination of an artist residency with 8th graders, entitled "Text + Context". Students made portraits of one another and developed through discussion a unifying sentence describing who they are as a class, the Class of 2017.