of Goodyear, Arizona
For Immediate Release: Jan. 31, 2012
Reception at Goodyear City Hall on Feb. 13
Ariz. (Jan. 31, 2012)
Join us for a special reception for Arts Interact, an art program for special
needs students from Desert Edge High School, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on
Monday, Feb. 13 at Goodyear City Hall. The project is funded by Arizona Public
Service. For more information, contact Dianne Cripe, Public Art Specialist for
the City of Goodyear, at 623-882-7809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
artist Tessa Windt led students with disabilities in this art project, which
she has titled ?Zoom In.? Zoom In invited participating students
from the Life Skills class in the Special Education department at Desert Edge
High School to discover the creative potential in the details of their
immediate day-to-day environment.
Students explored their world up close and extracted forms and textures to use
as source material for their own sculptural artworks. After this exploration,
students chose a small sample area to enlarge. Zoom In emphasized
layering and low relief sculptural techniques, offering students a creative
process that is individualized, flexible and forgiving. With the option to
always add more layers, artworks were able to grow in depth while students
built confidence in their own creative capacities.
Project sessions included demonstrations,
material experimentation, hands-on time, creative decision-making and observation-based group
discussion. As students created their artworks they learned techniques and
skills for creating texture, manipulating tactile media, using digital images
as reference and collage material, building low relief sculpture and creating
mixed media collage. They learned and applied a vocabulary of 2- and 3-D design principles
including: scale and proportion, repetition and rhythm, balance, unity and
variety. Materials used included papier-mâché, textural elements, fabrics, papers
The resulting wall-hung sculptural artworks
are now on exhibit and displayed for the public at Goodyear City Hall. The art
presentation provides an important opportunity for participating students to
take pride in their artworks, celebrate their creative capacity and present a
personal view into the world they inhabit. In viewing the students? artworks,
the public is invited to see the world through the eyes of these young people.
Special thanks are extended to APS, the City of Goodyear, Desert Edge High
School, and all those who have generously contributed their time, resources and
talents to this project.