Women on the Rise Guest Instructor Jessica Pabón has been teaching a Graffiti Girlz Workshop to students attending Honey Shine summer camp for girls. Here are some highlights of the workshop, which includes images and discussion of graffiti work done by female artists, as well as a series of art-making activities.
Students working on art projects with Ms Jess and artist Dinorah de Jesús Rodriguez
The workshop opens up a lot of discussion about the purpose and role of graffiti in public spaces, as well as the role of women in the graffiti art scene.
WOTR starts summer sessions tomorrow at various sites with a workshop focusing on the work of Ellen Gallagher. Looking forward to the projects that we will produce inspired by this work.
Visiting Instructor Jessica Pabón, PhD: “I want to introduce the girls to the empowering sociopolitical potential in producing graffiti art. I’ve developed a 7-session curriculum designed to teach them about: the ethnic lineage and diversity of artists and styles; the gender politics within the subculture; and the strategies of resistance female artists employ to make space for their participation. The best part is that they will develop their own tag names and crew names, think about and analyze works of graffiti, learn about dozens of female graffiti artists and all-female graffiti crews, potentially have a field trip to Wynwood to peep the Few & Far production at Brisky Gallery, and ultimately paint their own group production (probably a giant mixed media stencil/tag/sticker collage because there are almost 200 girls).”
Read more about the project at her blog: http://artofgettingovaries.wordpress.com/2013/06/14/graffiti-grrlz-on-the-rise-moca-miami/
After touring the exhibition at MOCA,
we began working on projects inspired by artist Shinique Smith
Resident artists from WOTR worked with students in assembling works
that included fabric, yarn, 3-d objects & canvas panels
We discussed Shinique’s visual language and techniques
and applied them to our own projects.
Katherine Behar presenting the work of Disorientalism. The summit was filled with creativity, inspiration, education, information and mind-blowing workshop activities. Kudos to our chief organizer Anya Wallace. Everything was fantastic!
Three days of incredible presentations, performances, workshops and networking opportunities for Miami educators and agencies that serve girls!