Primary and Middle School Programs
In a renewed Cultural Immigrant designation, Creative Art Works partnered with the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council to provide visual arts workshops for 5th to 7th-grade students in conjunction with their COMPASS and SONYC (Out-of-School-Time) programs at PS/IS 128Q in Middle Village, Queens. All programs were led by professional Teaching Artists with the direction and oversight of CAW Program Director Daniel Bergman and with curriculum development and professional development support by Program Manager of Teaching and Learning Lance Paladino.
Fall and spring workshops took place on Wednesdays from 3:00 to 4:30 PM. CAW offered seven sessions for elementary-school students from November through December, 2018. Spring workshops for middle-school students ran for twelve sessions from January through May, 2019. The curricula were designed to explore and illuminate the shared aspects of the immigration experience among families of disparate backgrounds.
These lessons and related materials reflected the cultural backgrounds of the families at PS/IS 128Q. Projects included:
Image and Text Poster Design: introduced through the lens of Polish circus posters or "CYRK" art from the 1970s
Food Label Collages: Inspired by the work and techniques of Vik Muniz's "Postcards from Nowhere,” Students used "found" colorful food packaging labels to cut and assemble into collages to represent different foods.
Students helped to curate and mount their own work for the culminating event held on April 17, 2019. Approximately 95 attended, including Greater Ridgewood Youth Council staff, school staff, students, and families. Attendees took part in a "gallery walk," where CAW students acted as docents and spoke about their works of art. Also, three students provided an art-making station to demonstrate painting techniques and invited guests to try it for themselves.