THE PEDAGOGICAL IMPULSE
What is a book? What can books DO? Where can books take us? And, once we make a book, how does it go out into the world?
I was THRILLED to participate in Stephanie Springgay's incredible research project The Pedagogical Impulse on a project that fostered enormous growth for me as an artist and educator.
# (Insert Awesome Title Here) And Other Fantastic Stories was a book conceived, written, illustrated, designed and published by 13 artists in grades 6 to 8 during an eight week workshop at Story Planet.
Led by myself and Joanna Labriola, the workshop questioned the nature and scope of publication. We focused on three discussions. First, how where we encounter books influences the way we read them. Second, how artists use the form of the book to produce unconventional content or structures. Third, how publication is uniquely situated to give us political agency.
In addition to publishing a book, workshop participants learned to screenprint, made buttons, created small zines, produced tshirts, and launched everything at a closing party with performances and readings.