Ravenswood Elementary: Kitty Conde & John Neff, Grades 5-8

What are some curatorial strategies for sharing artworks during stay-at-home?

“5th – 8th grade students co-curated an online exhibition on Instagram. Each student crafted one element of a painting, photographed it, and wrote a statement about the work.”

~Ravenswood Elementary Teacher Kitty Conde and Teaching Artist John Neff



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A small group within the art club created a collaborative work for Instagram. Each student crafted one element of a painting, then photographed it and sent it to the art club teacher, who put the images online together.

It was only in this online environment that the entire piece was displayed together. The students co-wrote an artist’s statement about the piece, which was posted alongside it with a request for commentary from the audience.

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goravenswoodarts: These 3 pieces represent how artists can still be connected and collaborate, even when they aren’t able to work together in person. The main theme of these pieces is to show what is currently happening in this world and how 2020 is not what we thought it would be. We used this theme to connect our artworks as well as each using 2 colors of the rainbow. Bella’s (red/orange) is to show what is actually going on right now and sentences to describe it. Emerson’s (yellow/green) is meant to show how our world is adapting to what is happening and learning and growing along the way. And the meaning of Elena’s (blue/purple) is how everyone is feeling during these times and how it is okay to show your emotions sometimes.
And so, Elena, Emerson, and Bella did this collab to show how even though these times can be strange and challenging, we are still able to connect even when apart.
-Isabella A., Emerson S., and Elena C.