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Narrative Composition Through Collage

12/19/23

Artists in Schools

Narrative Composition Through Collage

Dispatches from CMA Resident Artist Noormah Jamal's fifth grade class at Children's Workshop School.

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Students in CMA Resident Artist Noormah Jamal’s fifth grade class learned about narrative composition through collage. They flipped through the collages and photomontages of German Dadaist Hannah Höch and Pakistani multidisciplinarian Rashid Rana to gain inspiration.



The results varied – some works resembled a mood board, while others took a more mosaic approach.



One student used a cutout of Brad Pitt. When another student questioned who he was, the student responded  “That’s the old guy that all the old women like.” Sorry Brad! 



Noormah’s work at Children’s Workshop School is supported by the Emergency Arts Education Fund, which provides free arts education to NYC school communities whose art programs have been decimated by recent budget cuts.


Children’s Museum of the Arts’ three Residents Artists are currently implementing ambitious arts curriculum at each of our partner sites throughout New York City: Hudson Guild in Chelsea, Sid Miller Academy in Crown Heights, and Children’s Workshop School in the East Village. Come spring, our residents will showcase their students' work through exhibitions and installations across the city. Learn how you can support the work of our residents here.


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Noormah Jamal at Children's Workshop School

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