“A Place at the Table”

In honor of Election Day, my Ceramics II students set out to select a social issue that they were passionate about. I wanted their opinions to have a “place at the table” and for their voices to matter. Their challenge was to represent their stand on their chosen issue in the form of plate or place setting.

After the plates were complete, we set them up as an installation and invited the 11th and 12th grade social studies classes down to view the work. The visiting groups talked about and analyzed what issue they believed each plate represented. It was interesting to listen to the students carefully figure out what the art was saying to them.

The event took place two days before the election results were reported, and it already feels like a million years have passed, and not just a month. Whatever the future holds, at least we can say, “The issues that matter to us had a place at the table…even if it only lasted a day.”  I’m so very proud of my students.

Here is a link to their commercials. Below are pictures of their work and the installation.

About Karen

Karen Kiick began her teaching career in 1990 in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Since 1996, she has taught at Haddon Township High School in Westmont, New Jersey. She is her District's K-12 Visual and Performing Arts Facilitator and currently teaches 9th through 12th grades. Karen is a five-time recipient (2005, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2017) of the New Jersey Governor’s Award for Excellence in Art Education. She is also the 2017 National Secondary Art Teacher of the Year and the 2015 NJ Art Educator of the Year.
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