August 20, 2014

Warhol Botanics

Our class explored some big copy-catting ideas when we dipped into the world of Andy Warhol.
We studied multiples, his "factory" work, and even appropriation.

A big part of this lesson was asking and answering questions like "What do you notice?" and of course "How are they the same, and how are they different?"

Settlement Music School, 
Spring 2014

August 19, 2014

Copy Cats

PAFA's "Copy Class" was encouraged to put their own spin on masterworks from the museum's collection by experimenting with scale, materials, and technique.


inspired by Robert Henri's "Ruth St. Denis in the Peacock Dance" 1919

inspired by Winslow Homer's "Fox Hunt" 1893


inspired by Louis Lozowick's "Pittsburg" 1922


8-10 year olds in PAFA's Silent Filmmaking program learned from past and present masters of silent film. 

While working together in teams, classmates learned the challenges and value that come with collaboration! This project combined media history, film making and photography, graphic design, writing,  time management, and working together.

Students were responsible to develop scripts, story board, location scout, shoot, edit and promote their own films.

While shooting their films, students put new photography vocabulary to work, and later created minimalist movie posters to showcase at a screening for friends and family.

See other silent films from PAFA on YouTube: Midnight Thieves and Attack at the Museum.

August 16, 2014

the Time Machine

8-10 year olds in PAFA's Summer Art Camp: Time Travelers. 
While studying ideas of time travel from literature and film, these students 
designed their own time machine, and built it from scratch! 

They built the frame, assembled the structure, wired the electric components, 
and added tons of special features, like a food dispenser, 
a past/future mail slot, and port holes. 

After we create a basic design, our special guest builder, Ryan Anderson 
helped us make a super sturdy frame from PVC

We were super lucky to have Brendan Schrader and Chris Terrell from
Philadelphia hackerspace Hive 76 helped us wire our control panel! 
This was obviously an integral addition to our machine.

details from control panel


This collaborative sculpture project was definitely a summer highlight.
See some of our concurrent time travel themed projects here.

PAFA Summer Art Camp, 2014

Time Travel: accoutrement

Time Travel participants at PAFA's Summer Art Camp had a super busy week creating not only a time machine, but also robot helpers, short stories, time capsules and more!

"Roby 9000", one of the robot assistants

Operation Manuals and short stories

blueprints and designs

time capsules to be opened at future dates

one of the control centers

present time, to remember where you're supposed to be!

and a co-pilot control panel.

PAFA Summer Art Camp, Summer 2014.

August 1, 2014

Moving Flower Power

Stop-motion animation made by 5-7 year olds during PAFA's Summer Art Camp. While studying the "Superflat" work of Takashi Murakami, campers created flower characters, selected the "movie stars" from the bunch, then helped them dance around on screen.

July 2014