Guggenheim – Learning Through Art – Spotlight on PS 144 in Queens

Written by Rachel, Nod’s PR & Social Media Lead

Today’s post is a continuation of a series on The Land of Nod’s sponsorship of the Guggenheim’s A Year with Children 2015, which features art created by the Guggenheim’s artist-in-residence program, Learning Through Art. Learning Through Art teaching artists partner with classroom teachers in each of the city’s five boroughs to design collaborative projects that explore art and ideas related to the classroom curriculum.

Each Tuesday in June we highlighted of the school’s projects. Today’s spotlight is on PS 144 in Queens.

Third graders at PS 144 were inspired by architects Frank Gehry and Frank Lloyd Wright as they came up with models of their ideal classroom. The student artists considered shape, line, and form while exploring innovative ideas for redesigning a classroom space through sculpture. As young product and interior designers, they experimented with multiple possibilities by building prototypes. Students explored options for the shape of a classroom by creating small paper sculptures before they built their 3-D classroom models from wire, plastic, paper, foam, metal, and found objects.

Guggenheim – Learning Through Art – Spotlight on PS 144 in Queens

LTA students in the classroom
Third grade, PS 144, Queens, 2015
© 2015 Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York

Guggenheim – Learning Through Art – Spotlight on PS 144 in Queens

Student Artwork
Third grade, PS 144, Queens, 2015
Photo: Kris McKay © 2015 Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York

Molly O’Brien, Teaching Artist for PS 144, believes that, “The greatest lessons can be learned using art: expression, acceptance, confidence, innovation, teamwork, critical thinking. I look at my role as a teaching artist as an opportunity for the students and me to collaborate as artists. Students are constantly surprising me with their brilliance. I encourage them to question the world around them, and in return their questions inspire my own practice.”

This spring, we were honored to be one of the sponsors of  A Year with Children 2015, which features art created by the Guggenheim’s artist-in-residence program, Learning Through Art. This program has been serving New York City public school students for more than forty years. Learning Through Art teaching artists partner with classroom teachers in each of the city’s five boroughs to design collaborative projects that explore art and ideas related to the classroom curriculum.

Guggenheim – Learning Through Art – Spotlight on PS 86 in the Bronx

Written by Rachel, Nod’s PR & Social Media Lead

Today’s post is a continuation of a series on The Land of Nod’s sponsorship of the Guggenheim’s A Year with Children 2015, which features art created by the Guggenheim’s artist-in-residence program, Learning Through Art. Learning Through Art teaching artists partner with classroom teachers in each of the city’s five boroughs to design collaborative projects that explore art and ideas related to the classroom curriculum.

Each Tuesday in June we’re highlighting one of the school’s projects.  Today’s spotlight is on PS 86 in the Bronx.

Sixth graders at PS 86 explored drawing techniques and created self-portraits on iPad sketchbooks.  Using technology allowed students to explore the differences between digital and analog drawing. The student artists then created portrait monoprints, allowing them to tackle different media and materials inspired by the same subject… themselves!

Guggenheim - Learning Through Art – Spotlight on PS 86 in the Bronx

LTA students in the classroom
Sixth grade, PS 86, Bronx, 2015
© 2015 Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York

Guggenheim - Learning Through Art – Spotlight on PS 86 in the Bronx

LTA students in the classroom
Sixth grade, PS 86, Bronx, 2015
© 2015 Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York

Guggenheim - Learning Through Art – Spotlight on PS 86 in the BronxStudent Artwork
Sixth grade, PS 86, Bronx, 2015
© 2015 Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York

Teaching Artist Jeff Hopkins says that “art is about sharing stories and connecting with others. Students learn to ask: What stories do I have to share? What stories do others have that might connect to my own experiences? The language of visual art is a communication tool as essential as speaking or writing. When students learn to think visually, they learn a new way to connect with the world around them.”

This spring, we were honored to be one of the sponsors of  A Year with Children 2015, which features art created by the Guggenheim’s artist-in-residence program, Learning Through Art. This program has been serving New York City public school students for more than forty years. Learning Through Art teaching artists partner with classroom teachers in each of the city’s five boroughs to design collaborative projects that explore art and ideas related to the classroom curriculum.

 

Guggenheim Learning Through Art – Spotlight on PS 48 in Staten Island

Written by Rachel, Nod’s PR & Social Media Lead

Today’s post is a continuation of a series on The Land of Nod’s sponsorship of the Guggenheim’s A Year with Children 2015, which features art created by the Guggenheim’s artist-in-residence program, Learning Through Art. Learning Through Art teaching artists partner with classroom teachers in each of the city’s five boroughs to design collaborative projects that explore art and ideas related to the classroom curriculum.

Each Tuesday in June we’re highlighting one of the school’s projects.  Today’s spotlight is on PS 48 in Staten Island.

Throughout the year, fourth grade student artists learned about kinetic energy and discovered ways to make moving sculptures. Combining 3-D design principles (balance, texture, form, and space) with scientific concepts (mechanical, gravitational, electrical, and magnetic energies), students created diagrams and step-by-step instructions for their sculptures.

The residency culminated by building automatas, handmade toys powered by a simple mechanism. Student artists confronted their essential question “What moves us?” on a more personal level when they utilized both their artistic and scientific knowledge to develop unique ways to make their sculptures move.

Guggenheim Learning Through Art – Spotlight on PS 48 in Staten Island

LTA students in the classroom

Fourth grade, PS 48, Staten Island, 2015

© 2015 Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York

Guggenheim Learning Through Art – Spotlight on PS 48 in Staten Island

Kris McKay © 2015 Solomon R. Guggenheim

 

Rose Nestler, Teaching Artist said that, “visual thinking brings out the inherent genius in students, whether they are looking closely at a work of art, drawing from observation, or building a sculpture. As a teaching artist I enable students to envision limitless possibilities in art making; this process opens new channels for students, where they feel empowered to transport their artistic brilliance, imagination, and problem-solving abilities into all aspects of their lives.”

This spring, we were honored to be one of the sponsors of  A Year with Children 2015, which features art created by the Guggenheim’s artist-in-residence program, Learning Through Art. This program has been serving New York City public school students for more than forty years. Learning Through Art teaching artists partner with classroom teachers in each of the city’s five boroughs to design collaborative projects that explore art and ideas related to the classroom curriculum.

Introducing Studio Nod

Post by Michelle Kohanzo, Managing Director of The Land of Nod

It has always been at the heart of the Nod brand to collaborate with and celebrate artists and makers.  Without this amazingly talented community our brand would not be whole and so it was quite organically that Studio Nod came to be.  Introducing Studio Nod - One of a Kind Art by Nod Artists

Often times, Nod will commission art, to be translated into product.  For example, an abstract Oil Landscape from Emily Jeffords, destined to become a gorgeous crib quilt, (coming soon).Introducing Studio Nod - One of a Kind Art by Nod Artists

I started to wonder where all of this beautiful art was going, once the product it inspired had come to life.  The answer was, storage.  The thought of this was heartbreaking; there is nothing more beautiful and personal then these pieces our artists were making with their own two hands, gorgeous one of a kind items and we were not sharing them.  Not because we didn’t care, but because there was no avenue to get these things into the world.  And so, this is how Studio Nod was born.  The idea of sharing these inspiring, one of a kind pieces from our most lovely family of artists with all of you.

Introducing Studio Nod - One of a Kind Art by Nod Artists

Studio Nod is a many faceted idea, with one overarching goal – to celebrate the creativity, beauty and talent of our family of artists.  So what is it – Studio Nod is both an Online and Physical gallery space where you can purchase these one of a kind pieces.  If you happen to be in Chicago, we would be delighted to take you through the studio space and share with you the stories of the pieces and their makers.  If you are anywhere else, just shoot us a note – we would love to tell you everything about all of the work.  Because the purpose of Studio Nod is to celebrate our artist family, we have decided that all profit from Studio Nod sales will be returned to our artists in the form of a fund awarded to an artist to further studies, or fund a project, (more details to come).  The Studio Nod space will also be utilized as a residency space for Nod artists to come and collaborate with our designers, have workshops with all of you, and maybe even a party or two.

Introducing Studio Nod - One of a Kind Art by Nod Artists

The art from the studio will be changing all the time, so check back often.  And if you fall in love with a piece, remember there is only one!  I am excited to see this idea to grow and evolve over time and I hope that you all find the work as inspiring as I do.

 

XO,

Michelle

Aside from being the Managing Director of The Land of Nod, mother to four kids (yes I said FOUR!) and a gourmet cook, Michelle is a retail junky. From Zara to Marc Jacobs, Target to Nordstroms, she doesn’t discriminate, there’s room in her heart and closet for them all. And the addiction doesn’t stop at fashion, she’s painted her dining room at least 5 times, and changes rugs like most women change their sheets. Retail isn’t therapy for Michelle, it’s more like oxygen.