Created by Emil G Hirsch Metro High School, 4th Period Art Class, Chicago, IL
Artists: Tanysha, Javares, Adrian, Precious, Kavari
Title: I have a Dream that “my” becomes a “we”…
Teacher: Mrs. Thornton
Theme: “Don’t Take My Stuff, Tell My Story”
Materials and techniques: Clay African friendship bowls that we painted and designed using found objects, construction paper, and acrylic paints.
Did you enjoy this project? Very much so, to see their faces when I said “whose bowl will we sacrifice for the project and brake it, then set it on fire?” Everyone was speech less and it was suggested to break a bowl that no one has used yet, as we did. They would come to class so eager to work on the bowls that represented themselves. It was amazing to see them make group decisions and really take charge of the project.
About: It was a decision that we made as a class to start this project. They eagerly went to work designing the African clay friendship bowls, which would represent themselves and how they felt towards the idea of not being about to “tell their stories”, because someone has taken it or destroyed it, much like devastation of the ancient works of art in the Middle East.
When I told them that the project would require that someone sacrifice their work by braking and then burning it, their reactions were that of total shock as their mouths dropped completely. It was Dorothy that said could we break a bowl that no one has yet worked on.
Collectively we made the decision to save our works of art and our cultural heritage. Making this an example of what we can do if we work together.