The Nasher Sculpture Center, LRTX and seven DISD schools are pleased to collaborate on an ongoing partnership entitled Found Object Art, which introduces students to the concept of art made from found objects and immerses them in a found-object art-making experience from concept to exhibit. An exhibition of the students’ work will be on view in the Nasher Classroom from March 24 through March 30, and kicks off with a public reception at the Nasher on Saturday, March 24 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Please join us for the reception.
The collaboration took place throughout the 2011-2012 school year. “My students are able to be a part of the LRTX vision of the arts as a vehicle of environmental stewardship and community identity while the Nasher gives them the opportunity to have their efforts spotlighted in a world class venue,” notes Molina High School teacher William Adkins.
Students learn how well-known artists create found object art with a workshop at the Nasher. The workshop focused on artists represented in the Nasher Collection who have worked with found objects, including David Smith, John Chamberlain, Jim Love, and David McManaway. Discussion focused on artistic process and generated ideas for the students to use in their own artwork.
Students also participated in clean-up projects at LRTX. The visits allow students to have a positive impact on the environment, while also exercising their creativity by incorporating objects found on the site into sculpture, which is then shown at the Nasher.
“It’s an amazing opportunity for my students and a great example of ‘real’ learning,” says Adkins.