By Moon Hye Yu, Education Intern
From October 12-15th, "I Am...You" was open to the public at HUBweek Boston, a festival celebrating innovation in art and technology. Hundreds of visitors came to our installation at City Hall Plaza over the weekend and were invited to add to three fiber and whiteboard murals exploring empathy, identity, and community.
You might have already seen the time-lapse video of "I Am...You" when it was on view at HUBweek. Read on to find out the process behind the creation of the whiteboard murals, which started with ARCK's seventh-grade students at the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School (LGF) in Dorchester and Gardner Pilot Academy (GPA) in Allston!
The students created their own logos in relation to their identity, community, and society.
First, they chose what to draw:
Left: Marcio, an LGF 7th grader, drawing his logo. Right: Ruthson, in 7th grade at GPA, creating a collage of his logo in combination with drawing. They were allowed to draw and collage with black colored paper to have more room to express themselves.
After this process, students scaled up their logo using mathematics, up to three times the original size. In this process, they calculated using rulers, and measured and divided multiple numbers and measurements to scale up the drawing.
Before they painted on the actual mural, students practiced clean and crisp line painting.
During this process, they learned how to control paint, brush, and brush strokes. They became more focused and calm.
Dariel from GPA painting carefully on the mural
Thank you to all who helped with this project, especially classroom teachers Katharine Atkins-Pattenson at GPA and Alice Laramore at the Frederick School, Carl Solander of Reverse Architecture and Paul DeStefano for aiding in design and construction, Seema Krish Textiles for donating fabric swatches, and our friends at HUBweek Boston. Art takes a village, and we couldn't have done it without you!