Airline Wars (Britt Jensen)

Learning- I learned that the ability to turn horrible ideas into good ones is as valuable as being able to turn pebbles into golden nuggets.  Although we experimented with this exercise using the extremes of airline experiences I can already see the benefits of being able to be the creative optimist in a brainstorm setting, not just the optimist who tries to make things seem like they will be okay, but the innovative optimist that turns projects around.  

Unlearning- Brainstorming is not meant to find the perfect solution, but rather, it is a springboard of humor, creativity, and failure that have the potential for brilliance.  Related to the nature of this brilliance I also unlearned the acts of criticism and questioning.  The most productive brainstorm is not a deep conversation, but a fast paced brain dump.  When we were talking about amazing airlines our group discussed the possibility of the plane being filled with fuzzy.  Off of this idea someone recommended cats and another recommended dogs.  With these suggestions I felt myself think about the fact that dogs and cats don’t always get along, but that wasn’t a question for the brainstorm, it would be a question for the formal idea process or perhaps even the prototyping process.  

Learning What to Unlearn (Airline Wars) – Britt Jensen

Learning- I learned that the ability to turn horrible ideas into good ones is as valuable as being able to turn pebbles into golden nuggets.  Although we experimented with this exercise using the extremes of airline experiences I can already see the benefits of being able to be the creative optimist in a brainstorm setting, not just the optimist who tries to make things seem like they will be okay, but the innovative optimist that turns projects around.  

Unlearning- Brainstorming is not meant to find the perfect solution, but rather, it is a springboard of humor, creativity, and failure that have the potential for brilliance.  Related to the nature of this brilliance I also unlearned the acts of criticism and questioning.  The most productive brainstorm is not a deep conversation, but a fast paced brain dump.  When we were talking about amazing airlines our group discussed the possibility of the plane being filled with fuzzy.  Off of this idea someone recommended cats and another recommended dogs.  With these suggestions I felt myself think about the fact that dogs and cats don’t always get along, but that wasn’t a question for the brainstorm, it would be a question for the formal idea process or perhaps even the prototyping process.  

Kicking Off Open Studios at the Boys and Girls Club

Last week MMAP started it’s external Open Studio’s program at the Boys and Girls Club in East Palo Alto.  This is the first summer we have tried opening up our Open Studios program to an older audience.  The program has typically been an effort to get younger kids involved in summer art activities since many of our summer programs are targeted at high school youth.  This year we will continue that effort at the MMAP headquarters every Monday afternoon, but we have also started piloting a more structured version of Open Studios for high school students at the Boys and Girls Club.

Last week was our first week with this program which was kicked off with classes led by graffiti artist Scape Martinez.  The students worked on boxes decorated with graffiti styles that highlighted their personality and interests using symbols and colours.  This week we began a new project inspired by Alexander Calder, the artist known for inventing the mobile and creating playful wire sculptures.  We worked on gesture drawing and blind drawing and then transitioned into the use of wire to transform the two dimensional line drawings into three dimensional wire figures, animals, and faces.  The graffiti project and the Calder project intend to educate the students on the use of color and line with the transformation of these design concepts from the two dimensional space into the three dimensional space.

Graffiti Arts Program back in action!

With a talented group of youth and instructors, MMAP has brought GAP back to East Palo Alto!  The 2010-2011 Graffiti Arts Program includes students from all over San Mateo County.  Youth representing  East Palo Alto Academy High School, Cesar Chavez Academy, Willow Oaks, Costano, 49er’s Academy, Menlo Atherton High School, and Carlmont High School have been meeting on Tuesday evenings @ EPAA High to participate.  All participants earn community service hours and have pledged to use Graffiti as a positive art form and to keep their drawings to their sketchbooks!

GAP Teen Instructor Zaid Vargas assists Javier and Oscar with adding 3D and perspective to thier first pieces.

GAP Teen Instructor Zaid Vargas assists Javier and Oscar with adding 3D and perspective to their first pieces.

 

Brandon and Dulce of Carlmont High School choose to add bright colors as part of the fill in.

 

 

HEArt at Starr King – Seamsters and Seamstresses

On Friday, HEArt students at Starr King transformed into focused seamsters and seamstresses as they learned how to sew pillows and bean bags.  They had a great time choosing their fabrics – the checkers and red skull print were the big hits!  Next week, the students will continue practicing threading their needles, sewing their seams, and tying the knots on their projects.

HEArt at Costano – Garden mural opposite colors

The garden mural at Costano comes to life with the opposite color layer.  With just a couple weeks of painting left, the students are enjoying the sunshine and painting away.  Our two wonderful Teen Art Instructors, Troy and Zaid, help guide students through the mural process.

HEArt at Chavez – Spotlight on our fabulous Teen Art Instructors

A defining element of our mural painting class at Chavez is the amazing leadership of our Teen Art Instructors.  Viri (EPA Academy, sophomore) and Monica (Carlmont High School, junior), a dynamic duo who happen to be sisters, use their knowledge and skills gained from last summer’s Teen Mural Program to guide Chavez middle-schoolers through the painting process.  Viri has been hard at work teaching blending skills on the flames and Monica has been working with students to paint the ivy vines.  Pictured below, these two high school students are exemplary role models who embody MMAP’s spirit of creativity and positivity!

Viri

Monica

The Dynamic Duo