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Noormah's Reflections: January


Artists in Schools

Noormah's Reflections: January

CMA Resident Artist Noormah Jamal on her January projects at Children's Workshop School.

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We continued with our three-dimensional design projects this month. We took inspiration from Nick Cave's soundsuits and made our own masks; created stick figure sculptures; sculpted 3D maps focusing on symbolism and landmarks; and started a cloud animal assignment taking a cue from Mike Kelley.

With the 3D assignments specially, I had to pace the classes. I have limited time with them, and rushing 3D works (mostly, it's waiting for the paint to dry!) causes more delays and leads to frustration.

Students loved these projects, mainly because they feel like they are making their own toys to play with. They ask questions non-stop — not just about the project or artists, but also about skill development. Students call me over to show off their progress or share how they found another way and it works just as well. Many students are going home and having conversations with family members about our class. They now come to class with own tips and tricks to share.

I even have a student who has been re-working the assignments at home and coming up with spectacular little sculptures!

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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