Last Thursday, interns Merisa Vertti and Sloane Kochman presented to the 4th graders of Isla Vista Elementary. The students’ energy and enthusiasm to learn new topics created a fun, collaborative, and creative learning environment. Lead Presenter Merisa taught a brief lecture on Futurism, an Italian movement that focused on the changing world in Europe in the 1910’s and 20s. The students learned about the Industrial Age and how modern technology inspired early twentieth century artists. This concluded with an interactive discussion on the difference between older, more classical sculpture in Italy and the new Futurist art that centered on movement and speed.
After the presentation, the kids were ready to be little Futurists! They took what they learned and brainstormed and were each given a block of modeling clay. They were allowed to sculpt whatever they wanted as long as it attempted to portray some type of movement. In order to think like the Futurists, students also had the opportunity to sculpt interns Merisa and Sloane in order to challenge themselves by attempting to sculpt what was moving in front of them. The interns contorted their bodies in the front of the classroom until the 4th grade artists instructed them to stop. And in those crazy frozen positions the students came up with some interesting pieces!