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Upper School Teacher Connects Art to Social Issues in Powerful Assignment

by Jamie Bryant, Director of Strategic Marketing & Communications
In honor of Black History Month, Upper School Art Teacher Dana Kimmel introduced one of her favorite Artists, Elizabeth Catlett, 1915-2012, to inspire her students. Catlett was an American and Mexican graphic artist and sculptor, mostly known for her depictions of African-American— and later Mexican— life in the 20th century.  She is said to have been determined to give voice to the enduring dignity, strength, and achievements of black women and other oppressed peoples. 

After studying her work, each student in Ms. Kimmel’s Fundamentals of Art class was asked to choose a social issue that they were passionate about and create a linoleum print depicting their chosen issue.  Using symbolism, mark making, and high contrast with black and white colors, their work leaves a lasting impact.
“They all have so much to say,” said Ms. Kimmel.  “This project was a wonderful peak into their hearts.”  And a powerful one, at that.

“I believe [Ms. Kimmel] has helped the students touch on issues that can be difficult to express through words.  The images are powerful, and reflect the deep needs in our world,” Diversity & Inclusion Director Melanie Gordon stated.  “Thank you for offering the students space to share these stories.”

CLICK HERE to view her students’ work.
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  • Ulrike Stroebel
    These are all very powerful inspiring pieces of art! Thank you so much for sharing them. They truly deserve to be seen by many!
    • Annabelle de Brux & Mrs. Kimmell

    • Jakob Villard & Mrs. Kimmell

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