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Branden Koch Art Education & Projects

The words “Do More” evoke a kind of pressure.  Sometimes motivating, and sometimes debilitating.  Perhaps a voice both internal and external.  Either way, this is very complicated and very real for children, adolescents, and adults alike on different levels of experience.  That being said, our lives are not separate from the natural world regardless of age, situation, profession, or lifestyle.  We have recruited it to do our work.  The challenge is to achieve balance personally, socially, and spiritually.  This exhibition features recent work investigating this kind of physical and poetic tension through painting and sculpture.  Also on display are several works made by the students of Winchester Thurston School.  Created in workshops with the artist, they are made in response to reading bird-themed poetry and the prompt: “If you can imagine yourself as a bird, what kind of bird would you be?” 

For an exhibition and subsequent workshops at Winchester Thurston School entitled “Do More”, Branden Koch will show a group of vibrant multicolored mixed media works on paper and three painterly sculptures which activate introspective meditations on ecology. The artist’s poetic and metaphoric works feature anthropomorphized birds, undulating plant life, strange insects, and animal like figures negotiating a complex and uncertain contemporary world. “Do More” will also feature a large display of Winchester Thurston student’s work created with the artist in response to the artist’s work and several bird-themed poems including “Caged Bird” by Maya Angelou.

“Do More” will be on display until February 9th with a closing reception for the artist and students, who’s work is integral to the show.

The aim of this project was to subvert the typical teaching-artist-in-residence model by involving the students in the construction of a collaborative exhibition in conversation to contemporary issues and themes affecting students both on the private and public level. The artist made work specifically as supportive elements to the student's work. Workshops with a range of students from Kindergarten through High School involved personal conversations as making prompts, and site-specific art-interventions to the school architecture.

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Winchester Thurston 4th Grade Students working on mixed media "Self Portrait as a Bird"

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The artist meeting with Winchester Thurston Students / Q&A

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middle school drawing workshop

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middle school collaborative "stairwell intervention" Modeled after Marcel Duchamp's "Twine"

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middle school collaborative "stairwell intervention" Modeled after Marcel Duchamp's "Twine"

Branden Koch Art Education & Projects
middle school collaborative "stairwell intervention" Modeled after Marcel Duchamp's "Twine"

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"Do More" installation with student work. Winchester Thurston School.

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"Do More" installation. Winchester Thurston School.

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"Do More" installation. Winchester Thurston School.

Branden Koch Art Education & Projects


STEAM GARDEN: In collaboration with the Early Learning Team at The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, Children and Parents will be invited to manipulate materials related to STEAM (metals, foils, wire, etc) to construct one STEAM PLANT each.

Thicker gauge wires are manipulated by Children, Artist, Educators, and Parents to create a dynamic "stem" representational of a new kind of STEAM PLANT. Children will be encouraged to choose and manipulate materials to build/construct/decorate a wire "stem" to make a new kind of imagined flora to plant in our collaborative garden boxes. When our garden is finished, Children will be encouraged to pick a STEAM PLANT and share it with someone.

Taking cue from Friedrich Fröbel's conceptual underpinnings of Kindergarten, STEAM GARDEN was a public event investigating how materials exploration can encourage learning and problem solving through play and collaboration, and also involve young children and their parents in the process of discovery and making art in a low-pressure museum setting.

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artist demo! How can you change the wire and bring it to life?

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Carolyn helping students with their materials

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Children and Parents working to build our garden.

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Laura helping students with their materials

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so many ideas!

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STEAM GARDEN !