i.d.entity collage

Working with mixed media in the art room is like watching a tornado of materials and ideas flying around in circles until something settles into place.  My students have spent the past two weeks working on their i.d.entity collages.

My sink, brushes, paper drawers and room are a total mess – but it’s worth it! 60 kids moving in 60 different directions… (who other than an art teacher can deal with that type of demand?) What could easily be overwhelming is somehow not chaos – it’s invigorating and inspiring to see creative minds moving and ideas developing. I absolutely love it!

These 7 x 7 inch mixed media works are my students’ expressive self portraits. Through the use of layered and exposed imagery, the students attempt to communicate who they are – a sense of self, as seen from the inside, not necessarily reflected in the mirror. I will post more when others finish.

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 four-time recipient (2005, 2010, 2013, 2015) of the New Jersey Governor’s Award for Excellence in Art Education. She is also 2015 NJ Art Educator of the Year, and the National Art Education Association’s 2010 Eastern Region Secondary Art Educator of the Year.
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