Since 2014, the NHS Art Department has been Skyping contemporary artists into the art room through a project called, the Midwest Artist Studios Project. One of the project’s goals was to provide a way for art teachers and students to interact with these MAS artists via Skype. Through this platform, artists and students had the opportunity to talk about the work they have created or in the process of creating. This exchange resulted in critiques, Q & A’s about each other’s work, or just the opportunity to talk ‘art shop’.
This Fall, Mr. Juarez decided to make these Skype talks more formal through a program he titles, “Skype Session Series”. Each month brings a new artist from anywhere in the U.S. and beyond into the art room to engage art students in meaningful discussions, constructive criticism, and provide the opportunity for them to begin networking with artists who are doing what they are passionate about. These invited artists are paired with students who are working in the same medium and/or genre. The sessions are screened for the entire class to participate in this experience.
Some of this school year’s line up are Joe Bussell (KS), Andrea Guzzetta (CA), Jenniffer Omaitz (OH), Laura Nugent (MO), Laura Sims Peck (WI), Jason Rohlf (NY), Jay Riggio (CA), and Jane Ryder (IA).
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April 2020, SchoolArts Magazine