Previous A.R.T.S. Projects

2012-2013 Project: Minidoka on Young Minds
The SVMA spring 2013 exhibition, Roger Shimomura: Minidoka on My Mind was selected to provide the foundation for the Art Rewards The Student (A.R.T.S.) program in 2013.

Students learned about the events surrounding the Japanese American relocation and incarceration during World War II and were introduced to a range of stories and projects relating to daily life and art making in the camps. 
Projects relating directly to the contemporary Pop art style of Roger Shimomura were among the topics explored. Students created visual narratives of their own using elements of printmaking, Japanese screens, comic books, mass media, and graphic novels--all stylistic and conceptual touchstones, relating to Shimomura’s work.

Students were also introduced to the concept of gaman and learn how art making was an important part of enduring camp life with patience and dignity. They worked on a range of art projects inspired by resourceful internees who found artistic potential in the most humble, scavenged materials, including pencil drawings, watercolor paintings, wooden block games, painted playing cards, painted rocks, model-making.
As part of the student exhibition opening May 17, Minidoka on Young Minds, SVMA and Kiwanis volunteers built a replica of a partial camp barrack, designed and constructed based on historical records, documentary photographs and Shimomura's paintings. This installation is a meaningful way to exhibit many of the students' projects made in the A.R.T.S. program.
SVMA partnered with the Japanese American Citizens' League (JACL) of Sonoma County to bring the stories of the Internment to our schools and community. The Museum is also grateful to Tomiko Yabumoto and Gail and Jim Purtell for sharing their personal family stories and their generous assistance with A.R.T.S.


For the 2011-12 school year, SVMA’s exhibition, Color Theory: The Use of Color in Contemporary Art was chosen as the touchstone for the student’s A.R.T.S. encounter. Lessons included observing color and light in nature; understanding and making a color wheel and value study; matching and mixing their own colors; using complementary, analogous, and monochromatic color schemes; and our emotional, symbolic, and physical associations with color.

For the 2010-11 Arts Rewards The Student Program, SVMA's teaching artists are drawing inspiration from the upcoming exhibition, Eco Chic: Towards Sustainable Swedish Fashion. Students were introduced to a variety of ecological art and fashion projects that simultaneously teach sustainability principles and the formal elements of design. SVMA partnered with Sasha Duerr, founder of Permacouture Institute and associate professor at CCA's textile program to further develop the practical skills of our teaching artists in this area with an intensive teacher workshop at the Museum on January 12. Prior to the class the teaching artists met as a group several times to exchange and develop ideas for projects. They brought their prototypes to the workshop to present to the group for constructive critique and refinement.
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