Curriculum Lab Artwork

Curriculum Lab Artwork

Curriculum Lab was initially created as a project for 20 artists, each tasked with creating artwork inspired by discarded library materials, mostly from Virginia Commonwealth University's Curriculum Lab Collection of juvenile books. Each artist received a package with an instruction card and a minimum of 20 3.5x3" card pocket fronts to draw on, cover, cut, manipulate, combine, or add to in any way they choose. The rules: the artwork can be any depth but must remain 3.5x3" and should be inspired by the text on each card. Completed works will be displayed in a series of grids and sold to support the Richmond Performing Arts Alliance’s ELLA program, which brings arts-integrated literacy into lower income Pre-K classrooms across the greater Richmond area.

During the exhibition, there will also be series of workshops and activities inspired by the same materials. The workshop exercises are hands on/minds on activities that use art practices to teach visual and information literacy skills; focusing on critical thinking, problem based enquiry, awareness of personal biases, and research/discovery techniques. Through art-making and discussion, participants will take a deeper look at the relationships they have with words and images in order to create effective visual narratives that best convey what they want to say. Many of the workshops and activities were tested over the summer at sites like the RPAA and Richmond Young Writers.

The RPAA's teen video production class will be making a documentary about Curriculum Lab. The class is free to public school students from anywhere in the area, endorsed by the Virginia Department of Education, and eligible for an independent study credit. 

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Jonathan Lee, Genesis Chapman, Tom Condon, Brooke Inman, Sarah Irvin, Aimee Joyaux, Bizhan Khodabandeh, Blythe King, Ron Lee, Matt Lively, Katie McBride, Andrea Owens, Michael Pierce, Michael-Birch Pierce, Leigh Suggs, Sayaka Suzuki, Nathan Tersteeg, Tyler Thomas, Katie Wood

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
Wednesday, Nov. 1 :
show opens, webstore lauches
Sets of 20 available at: http://jleerva.com/curriculumlabshop/
Individual pieces available at: http://jleerva.com/curriculumlabstore/

Saturday, Nov. 4 : activity day and reception

  • 3-6pm activity day : create your own curriculum lab card and art through screenprinting, drawing, painting, collage, and other mediums 
  • 7-10pm opening reception : open house + panel talk

WORKSHOPS
Suggested donation of $25 but any donation, big or small, is accepted. 
Sunday Nov. 12, 10am-1pm : Curriculum Lab Mixed-Media Hootenanny: Image Transfers, Rubber Stamps, and Collage
Using discarded library materials as a source of inspiration, this 3-hour workshop offers participants the chance to learn the image transfer process, experiment with using and creating rubber stamps, and explore collage techniques, all at the same time!  Led by a trio of extraordinary local talent:  Blythe King presents her affinity for image transfers, Brooke Inman shares her collection of rubber stamps, and Aimee Joyaux offers her love of paper and collage.  Come mix it up and have fun!  Open to all ages and levels.

Sunday Nov. 12, 1-4pm: Curriculum Lab: The Workshop
This workshop, led by Curriculum Lab creator Jonathan Lee, is a series of hands on/minds on activities that use art practices to address visual and information literacy skills; focusing on critical thinking, problem based enquiry, awareness of personal biases, and research/discovery techniques. Through art-making and discussion, participants will take a deeper look at the relationships they have with words and images in order to create effective visual narratives that best convey what they want to say. For ages 13 up, all levels. 

Sunday Nov. 19, 10am-1pm: Curriculum Lab: The Workshop
This workshop, led by Curriculum Lab creator Jonathan Lee, is a series of hands on/minds on activities that use art practices to address visual and information literacy skills; focusing on critical thinking, problem based enquiry, awareness of personal biases, and research/discovery techniques. Through art-making and discussion, participants will take a deeper look at the relationships they have with words and images in order to create effective visual narratives that best convey what they want to say. For ages 13 up, all levels. workshop and pickup/popup

Sunday Nov. 19, 1-5pm: Work Pickup and Artist Popup