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Embracing Challenges

Students learn about artists who faced different mental and physical challenges, and complete a recycled sculpture by getting their own series of challenges.


SW learn about Judith Scott, an artist born with down syndrome who created abstract fiber sculptures; they then use found or recycled materials to begin building a sculpture.


SW learn about the artist Chuck Close, who is has a mental disorder called ‘Face Blindness’ as well as paralysis later in life; they then have time to finish their sculptures from lesson 1.


SW learn about the artists Wassily Kandinsky who had synesthesia (heard colors);  they then participate in a color mixing challenge.


SW learn about Yayoi Kusama, a Japanese artist known for immersive installations full of patterns and bright colors who states that her art is primarily inspired by her hallucinations; they then have time to paint their sculpture.

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