Classroom Teacher: Ayinde Purnell
Teaching-Artist: Lindsay Sparagana
Students at Sankofa Freedom Academy were inspired by the themes of identity and immigration that emerged from Rafael Soldi: CARGAMONTÓN and Chinn Wang: Soaking Up Local Color. As an exercise, students explored their school’s neighborhood and made photographic observations of light, color and form. They worked to expand their understanding of composition by constructing photographic diptychs and triptychs. Their collaborative, multi-image compositions morphed and changed as students exchanged images. In a linoleum block printing project, students drew symbols that represented themselves and their communities of origin. Through their block printing project, students made commentary on many social and cultural issues prevalent in today’s society.