Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Ben Volta

Ben Volta is an artist whose studio is the world itself. Although he does do art for himself, he works primarily with others. According to him, his role as an artist is to initiate the action collaborative art among others.

One of the projects that Volta told us about was the work he did with students at a school in Philadelphia. He worked with an 8th grade math class using coordinate planes to create abstract art. They added levels and layers and soon had created a highly sophisticated modern art show.

Volta is actually one of my favorite kinds of artists. I love the idea of inspiring young people and helping them see the benefits of art. I think his strategy is a good one -- showing children the practical merits of art. It's a great way to create new artists.

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