Charter students get hands-on experience during ArtPrize Education Days

A student holds up two ink prints, one of a flower and one of a vase, after completing them in a hands-on workshop.
Students took part in a hands-on ink printing workshop as part of ArtPrize Education Days, hosted by Grand Valley's Charter Schools Office.
Image credit - Bernadine Carey-Tucker

Nearly 2,000 K-12 students from dozens of Grand Valley-authorized charter schools got to experience ArtPrize firsthand, thanks to the ArtPrize Education Days program hosted by Grand Valley's Charter Schools Office and the Department of Visual and Media Arts. 

Students from across the state were able to get tours of art throughout the city, and participate in hands-on art instruction in an interactive art instruction module. Many students had not experienced ArtPrize before. 

The Department of Visual and Media Arts also provided art supplies and equipment for teaching hands-on art activities. In addition to being led by an art education faculty member, Hsiao-ping Chen, two art education students with a printmaking emphasis, Annaka Pacino and Alyssa Medina, provided instruction to the school groups. The two art activities maintain a focus on connecting the common core standards to themes in the ArtPrize — how artists use symbols and colors to communicate ideas, and how art can be a critical tool to inspire social change.


Organizers expect the education program to continue in conjunction with the art competition in the future. 


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