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The Art
THE ART

Everyone knows the old saying—a picture is worth a thousand words. But to a young student struggling with his or her LD / ADHD label, unlocking the expressive power of artwork—painting, sculpture, design, multimedia, and more—can change everything.


The Eye to Eye art room is a safe place for both Mentors and Mentees to learn about themselves and to know they are not alone. For many, this is one of the few places where they feel recognized, heard, and understood as unique individuals. In short, Mentees and Mentors finally feel like they belong.


The art room provides not only a safe place for Mentees and Mentors, but also a great place to have fun. Working alongside Mentors through the Eye to Eye art-based curriculum, Mentees discover their potential in their own unique way and on their own timetable.



FINDING FREEDOM AND CREATIVITY IN THE ART ROOM

Unlike other subjects in school with rules or expected outcomes, art has no rules and removes barriers to learning. You can use art however you choose to express your unique way of thinking. In the context of a mentoring relationship, art is the starting point where Mentors and Mentees can talk about LD / ADHD, reducing anxiety and vulnerability for many Mentees.


With the help of their Mentors, Mentees discover how to value their strengths, set their own expectations, and aim high. Over time, they learn how to take their newfound skills and confidence back to the classroom.


Classrooms often remind kids with LD / ADHD of what they can't do. In the Eye to Eye art room, it's all about what they can do.


A CURRICULUM THAT'S FUN—WITH A REAL PURPOSE

Throughout the school year, Mentors and Mentees connect through a series of art projects designed by professional artists who have also been labeled with LD / ADHD. These projects are developed into a thematically and technically sophisticated art curriculum distributed to each chapter.


Ideal Learning Environment

CURRICULUM PROJECT EXAMPLE: IDEAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS
Over the course of two weeks, each Mentor/Mentee pair will design an Ideal Learning Environment -- a diorama of a classroom they feel would be the best place for them to learn and grow. This is an environment where LD / ADHD labels would no longer be seen as a negative, but as a positive. Week one consists of each Mentor/Mentee pair creating a unique Ideal Learning Environment, while week two consists of all Mentors and Mentees coming together to create the chapter's ideal school, complete with gymnasium, library, cafeteria, and other rooms.

SEE THE FULL PROJECT DESCRIPTION

OUR ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE  

BARBARA VAGLIANO

Barbara Vagliano

 

MP LANDIS

MP Landis

 

RAPHAEL ZOLLINGER

Raphael Zollinger

 

Matt Stone

Matt Stone

 

ERIC McGEHEARTY

Eric McGehearty

 

JAY ANDERSON

Jay Anderson

 

Stephen Neidich

Stephen Neidich


ARTISTIC ADVISOR

LINDA SIROW
Linda Sirow

 

Madalyne Marie Hymas

Madalyne Marie Hymas

 


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