Today 7th grade artists adventured to Pioneer Square to the Center on Contemporary Art, where we explored the powerful and transformative exhibit “Hear Our Voice: Visual Art Selections Featured in the Women’s March on Washington and in Seattle.” We learned about the collection from Executive Director Nichole DeMent, who gifted each of us with a beautiful poster at the end of our visit. This experience helped connect us with important social justice movements happening right now, as well as got us thinking about how artists can use images, text, and layout choices to invoke strong emotions and inspire viewers to take action. Soon enough, each 7th grader will be creating their own piece of social justice art! Ask your 7th grader to describe some of the posters that stood out to them today, and see the sequence of photos below to get a sense of the experience.
First, we gathered together to listen and learn from Artist, Photographer, and Executive Director Nichole DeMent, who told us the story of this collection and described the unique journey of this non-profit art gallery.
Students explored the gallery and reflected in writing and sketching on these questions:
What issue does this piece address?
How do the colors, lettering style, image, and layout help to communicate the message?
Pretend you are an art critic. What strengths would you highlight about this piece?
How does this piece inspire to take action?
T Students had the opportunity to write to Congresspeople on postcards provided by the gallery, sharing their thoughts on our current political atmosphere and how they hope our elected officials will direct their work.
The posters sparked thoughtful conversations, insightful observations, and excellent questions, deepening our understanding of how visual art can contribute to and transform culture.
Get ready world, these young artists are ready to inspire the world to take action!
Special thank you to Ms. Lulu and Kyle for joining us on this very special field trip!
See below for a selection of our students’ favorite pieces (Thank you Mia for the photos!). Artist names will be added ASAP.