Classroom Teacher: Marsha Rosenthal
Teaching-Artist: Joyce Millman
Students at Northeast High School explored their unique identities, cultures and languages through discussion, artmaking and writing. Inspired by the photobook as a medium for self-expression, they read a poem from Sandra Cisneros’ book, A House on Mango Street called “My Name”. Each student created their own book, beginning with a short paragraph inspired by the poem about the meaning of their name and its cultural significance. They added pen and ink illustrations showing important components of their lives. They impressed patterns on Styrofoam strips that were then printed in a square to frame these illustrations. Using work by Steve Prince and other contemporary artists as examples, students made photographs of themselves that were transferred onto linoleum blocks, carved and used to make monoprinted book covers.