Teaching and Learning with Valerie Piraino

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  • Valerie Piraino
    By Proxy, 2012
    Courtesy the artist
    Photo: Adam Reich

  • Artist Valerie Piraino

On February 12, 2009-2010 artist-in-residence Valerie Piraino, whose work is currently on view in Fore, discussed her artistic practice and led a hands-on demonstration as part of our Teaching and Learning Workshop series. They are are exhibition-specific workshops and seminars designed for teachers in core curriculum areas that focus on creative methods for using and integrating art in the classroom. Educators left with an experimental technique that connected to Common Core standards in English and Language Arts (ELA) and Social Studies as well as a lesson plan and model for their classrooms.

Valerie explained how memory and personal narrative inspire her artistic practice, which led into a discussion of how educators can incorporate personal stories and storytelling in their classroom curriculum. Using black-and-white as well as color images a variety of artists in the exhibition, educators, led by Valerie, used a photo transfer technique to transform images into new compositions.