On September 9th Youth in Arts Gallery had its opening reception for
180 Days: A Year in the Classroom,
an exhibition of drawings from the teaching journal of YIA Mentor Artist,
Each drawing represents one school day during the 2010-11 school year, during which time Toczylowski worked as an arts specialist with Youth in Arts in the Sausalito Marin City School District.
Toczylowski taught grades K-5 at both the regular public school, Bayside Elementary, and the charter school, Willow Creek Academy, which reside on the same campus. The black-and-white ink drawings explore the personal and political experiences of a teacher working in a diverse community. From the small, inspiring moments of working directly with students to challenging situations that highlight the social and racial inequities prevalent in schools, Toczylowski gives us glimpses of the 21st century American classroom.
Student work is exhibited through process books that document the students’ arts learning experiences. Using student quotes, photos, and tangible examples, these books make visible the student-centered curriculum YIA encourages in the classroom.
By displaying Mentor Artist and student work together YIA intends to show the influence that professional artists can have in K-12 education.
The exhibit is open through November 5th.
Closing: Saturday, Nov. 5, 4-7 pm
Visit the Youth in Arts Gallery Monday through Friday 11-2 or by appointment (415-457-4878).
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