Here you can see highlights of two programs I manage at Peabody Essex Museum: ArtLink, a fully subsidized program serving ages 5-20 with several local community partnerships; and Summer Studios, a paid summer camp for ages 7-10. Each project relates to one of PEM's special exhibitions, or a piece in the permanent collection. Whenever possible, I create exhibition opportunities for participants to share their work with the public.
Low-relief sculptures in response to Lunar Attraction. Students incorporated geographical features of the moon after participating in a guided gallery discussion.
Groups from three different organizations collaborated to complete this three-panel piece.
Students made labels to identify the geographical features they incorporated in their sculpture.
ArtLink end-of-year exhibition
Summer Studios reception
On the last day of camp, families and friends were invited to see what their children worked on throughout the week. Museum visitors throughout the day were able to enjoy the show.
After looking at a ceramic piece by Mishima Kimiyo, which featured a ceramic Asahi box stuffed with ceramic newspaper (literal fake news), high school students wrote their own positive fake news articles. In just 15 minutes of writing, students produced profoundly personal and hopeful messages.
Student-produced articles were formatted like an actual newspaper, and distributed via a fake newsstand in the ArtLink end-of-year-exhibition, which was installed in various locations in one of the museum offices after the exhibition ended.
Phoenix School storefront window
A visit to Shoes: Pleasure and Pain kicked off a two-month curriculum about shoes at the Phoenix School. This display features the work produced by the students during their visit (gallery sketches, shoe designs and prototypes) as well as during their deep dive at school. This window was a collaborative effort between PEM and the school.
Art Deco tiles
In response to the Art Deco tiles seen in Ocean Liners: Glamour, Speed, Style, ArtLink students created repoussé tiles inspired by motifs seen in the gallery.
In Summer Studios, we had the luxury of time and were able to cast plaster tiles, using stamps, toys, and carving tools to create Art Deco inspired designs. Tiles were painted gold, and had a wire installed so the pieces could be wall mounted.
Summer Studios participants experienced the relief printing process. Here we are creating modular monsters inspired by It's Alive!
Nocturnal Animal Still Life
After visiting Lunar Attraction, participants made observational drawings using taxidermies of nocturnal animals as their models, in this immersive still life setup.
Shoe design and prototyping
Creative response to Shoes: Pleasure and Pain
Camera Obscura and Cyanotypes
in response to Samuel F.B. Morse's Gallery of the Louvre and the Art of Invention
in response to WOW! World of WearableArt
special project with the Boys and Girls Club. Here students are learning how to enlarge an image using the grid system. They are collaborating to recreate a collection image.
Students at the YMCA were given vague prompts instructing them on what to do to this large piece of paper.
Project Open Door 2013-14 (ages 11-19)
Murals at BMS
The murals below were created at Bridgham Middle School in Providence, Rhode Island in 2009 and 2010. Both projects were facilitated by Kameko, and painted by the middle schoolers who attended AfterZone.