Middle School Students Visit Clemson to Learn the Value of Thinking Creatively

September 16, 2016

Glenview Middle-Lee GalleryThis week, BFA alumna, Stephanie Raspet ’04 brought almost 50 of her art students from Glenview Middle School to tour the Center for Visual Arts – Lee Gallery’s installation, “Stories On My Back” and the public art piece, “Ontogeny Recapitulates Phylogeny” in Hardin Hall after enjoying a performance and viewing their artwork displayed at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts.

The students visit with the Center for Visual Arts consisted of Lee Gallery interns guiding a discussion about the visual artists, the formal and conceptual aspects of the art as well as making connections between their own school art projects with the installations. Students listened to a talk about the installation by Richard Lou, “Stories On My Back” in the Lee Gallery. The students explored the gallery and recorded their responses to the installation. Afterward, students shared their responses, asked questions, and learned about new ways of using art as a storytelling device, just as Lou has done with FullSizeRenderthis multimedia installation.

In Hardin Hall, students visited the permanent ceramic wall tile installation, “Ontogeny Recapitulates Phylogeny” by Kathy Triplett. Students learned about the artist and how this public art references biology and historical landmarks at Clemson University. This on campus public art is one of the works of art managed by the Creativity Inquiry program, Atelier InSite.

The visit exposed these young students to performance and visual arts, the work of established artists and abstract ways to represent ideas with art. The School of Arts is committed to expanding young minds by guiding conversations that will allow students to think creatively. Currently, Glenview Middle School art student artwork can be viewed in the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts. There will be a free reception to recognize these students at 6 p.m. on October 27, 2016.