My grade 10 art students have been studying Dali & Surrealism over the past while, and we’ve discussed possible connections between war time, and our present situation with COVID-19. For many students, it was a bit of a stretch to compare the two time periods, but most students thought that people could use aspects of Surrealism to help them deal with stressful times.
I explored the work of Hannah Hoch, one of the main figures in Dada collage (Dada was an art movement, created at about the same time as Surrealism, and has some similarities). Her collages reminded me of some recent posts by Austin Kleon, so I checked out his feed on Instagram.
His collages and zines were a perfect fit for my class (or at least, I hope they will be), and provide a link between last week’s discussions, with something students can focus on this week.
The challenge for a studio teacher during quarantine is trying to plan while considering that students don’t necessarily have access to certain materials. Even though I wish I could send them packages of supplies, it’s just not that easy right now. So, it’s time to be flexible and creative.
I figured the best way to anticipate what my students would need, was to begin the project I’m about to share with them. I began to search for paper, and found an old photocopied sheet for the booklet. Then I searched for glue, which was hard to find. And I’m sure that not everyone has glue at home either, so I made some after finding recipes online.
These quaranzines (I thought I was so clever and used this title on my zine, only to find out Austin had already thought of it in one of his posts!) will help me and my students to document this time period, while stretching our creative muscles… and being resourceful when we need to solve a problem or two.
If you’re interested in creating your own quaranzine, why don’t you try it out and take part? Tag me (my class account is @niprockart) and I’ll share your zine with my students. The more ideas, the better, right?