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Telling a story and selling an idea: Teaching Creativity

New York City high school teachers and students share how they break down the barriers to self-expression.

Featuring: High School students from the High School of Art & Design And The High School of Fashion Industries

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High School of Art & Design And The High School of Fashion Industries

 

This exhibit explores work by students from The High School of Art & Design and The High School of Fashion Industries, as well as the pedagogy of the two teachers who work with the students. Teaching creativity is explored by breaking down the barriers to self-expression with our students. The students’ work exhibited here centers around telling a story (HSFI) and selling an idea (Art & Design). Students who were juniors and seniors during the 2017-2018 school year will be present to show their work and discuss their relationships with their teachers and fellow students.

ARTIST BIO

Brenna McLaughlin has been a photographer and educator for the past 20 years in Chicago and New York. She believes the camera is a great pedagogical instrument, a strong tool for self expression, and a way to tell inventive stories. Brenna has been a photography teacher at the High School of Art & Design for the past three years, where she spearheaded a new curriculum for sophomores, juniors and seniors that combines multiple aspects of photography, work-based learning and collaborations. She believes the Career and Technical Education model of learning is a way to bring the real world directly into the classroom. Brenna has also taught with the International Center of Photography and the Brooklyn Arts Council in New York City. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

After more than 30 years as a freelance commercial photographer, working for corporate, editorial and nonprofit clients, Ben Russell started a second career as a high school art teacher and has been teaching visual art and black and white film photography at the High School of Fashion Industries in New York City for the past three years. Ben also teaches at the International Center of Photography and the Fashion Institute of Technology. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

ORGANIZATION BIO

The mission of the High School of Art & Design is to inspire, educate, and fully prepare our gifted students to become exceptional artists. Through a unified curriculum that incorporates a broad spectrum of disciplines, integrating art, technology and academics, our students are prepared to go on to college and careers with industry-standard mastery in the major of their choice. With a commitment to promoting strong ethical values and professional demeanor, we strive to foster a sense of community among our students, staff and parents. We are dedicated to engendering student’s productive, creative and innovative participation in the world of visual arts as concerned and caring citizens of the global community.

The mission of the High School of Fashion Industries is to provide challenging, creative and effective career, technical and academic training for New York City students. The faculty and administration of our school, working with the cooperation of the parents and student body, seek to provide a unique learning experience and a specially tailored program for all students who have an interest in a fashion related field.

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