IPaintMyMind has always been committed to providing accessible and well-crafted resources to art teachers. Of course, the ways in which we do that have changed drastically in the past year. With Covid-19 fundamentally altering the nature of education, we’ve been adapting our resources to fit new needs.
One of our newest and most exciting projects is a virtual artist workshop that we recorded with Shawnimals. It takes one of our very favorite moments of our arts programming (Artist Workshops) and makes it available for e-learning. Educators can download the 4-part video series and show it to their class, working through partner activities and prompts included in an accompanying PDF.
By pre-recording and editing the video, and allowing our teachers to dispense it at any rate that they see fit, we can also expand our Workshops and make them more customizable. The IPMM x Shawnimals Virtual Character Design Workshop is actually 4x longer than any workshop we’ve been able to do in person, and the feedback has been amazing! Teachers love the in-depth and specific instruction, and the ability to connect their classrooms to working artists.
We were so inspired and activated by our experience collaborating with Shawnimals that we’ve decided to expand and record more virtual workshops!
As such, we’re looking to hire artists working in prints, illustration, and graphic design to create video workshops for students. This is a paying position, and pay is negotiable depending on the scope of your project with us.
Artist Workshops are a powerful tool for arts education, and we believe that they make art more accessible to students. Students can connect with working artists and get a glimpse of their process, daily workload, and sources of inspiration. There’s less distance between them and the production of art, and they can see themselves working next to and even collaborating with real artists.
When art education focuses on “famous” artists, they’re often long-dead, white, and male. All of these facts are incredibly alienating to students. Through our workshops we aim to foster engagement, possibility, and a sense that art is never far from reach.
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