Creative Process Framework
In the EXCHANGE phase, we teach constructive ways to exchange art and ideas and affirm their work is working (expressing the intended meaning and message).
Artists research (find out more information), critique (ask for feedback), and present (inform and inspire others).
This is an important phase for all age levels to learn to observe with curiosity, not judgement. It will directly appeal to ages 12-13 because they are immersed in their own identity development, thus readily able to see and respect different perspectives and representations.
“I learned about finding balance within an artwork by naming the tension. For example, light and dark, push and pull, curvy and straight. I learned how to give an art piece an impactful name by using that tension. The idea is to point out meaning by matching impactful words to the imagery. It’s about communicating a message in a concise way. For example, ‘Infinite Pathways to Nowhere’ or ‘It’s Either Play or Suffer’ each name a tension that stimulates curiosity and thought.” — Chrissi
What our students (and parents) have to say
This is my favorite two hours of the week! Genie opens the session with a group warm-up that is both fun and instructional. Then, the participants can work on projects of their choice. If you're not sure what you want to do, or how to do it, Genie guides you. As you work, you feel supported and by your fellow artists. The sense of community is second only to the spirit of creativity at Social Studio.
Elated Adult Student
It’s so much more than an art class. She had them engaging with science, nature and geography. They were singing songs. My daughter was bubbling over with pride after class. When she draws with us she is easily discouraged that she can’t draw like an adult. With social studio the projects are age appropriate and she is able to engage with peers. As a fellow arts educator I’m super impressed.
Love that it was interactive. I wasn't sure if my daughter would be allowed to talk during the class because of the size but, she was able to talk and show her art work. I was very impressed. The teacher is very enthusiastic and you can tell she genuinely loves her job.
Lila has absolutely loved this class! Being exposed to different types of media and techniques while getting to explore an inspiring artist has been a wonderful experience for her. Genie is awesome and — even at a (Social) distance — has built a relationship with all of the students and a sense of camaraderie. What a fabulous experience!
Go to Social Studio Baltimore for all your kid and adult art making needs! R made this treehouse playground in a mere two hours this morning. Genie Arnot is such an amazing teacher and she has put together a beautiful studio that makes art accessible to everyone.
Genie, congrats on accomplishing a such meaningful feat. With art, we can feel the ground move beneath our feet and the air more oxygenated. You’ve given the community a dedicated place to grow and daydream. You’re amazing!! Go on!
Social Studio Enthusiast
You taught me negative space, how to draw faces and many more really cool things! Most of all you showed me how to connect to other people and things and that is really powerful.
Being a student in your class is a gift that we are so thankful for.
I could not let this year end without telling you how grateful I am that you were Avelynn's art teacher for four years. She sees herself as an artist and a problem solver because you expect them all to be.
Thank you for being a wonderful art teacher! I loved art classes with you!