Good thing we are systematically eliminating art classes in this country, or this kind of thing might happen here too.
Correction: Seems that I got this story backwards. Thanks to Jack for straightening me out. This from him:
"Actually you have got the story wrong which I thought you might be interested in, especially
as you appear to have a thing about the disappearance of art in schools (we absolutely agree).
What Takayama did was actually totally brilliant and innovative on every level and the fact she
did the whole thing herself as an independent artist makes the achievement, in this bureaucracy,
even more amazing.
She was absolutely certain from the outset that she didn't want to be another artist going around
doing "social inclusion projects" just to get arts council funding and use a load of kids to work for
her. She is a passionate artist, very erudite in her subject, totally committed and a genius at transmitting
art knowledge and skills to kids.
What she decided to do was to run sculpture workshops for primary school children showing them how
to conceive of, design and build four dimensional sculptures from readily available materials. From the
outset she was determined that the children should express their own creativity and be their own artists
rather than be harnessed to her work. The involvement of the DOG Sculpture Installation was for the
children to see an artist in the process of a public art work and for them to understand that such projects
are also within the possibilities of their own lives.
She approached, on her own, many schools and 19 responded. She prepped up teachers, designed a fluid
workshop module and then went and delivered the workshops to the children who then created their own
Do take a look at these because some of the work the children produced was stunning."