A Studio Workshop where children are empowered to be self-directed, using their imagination to create and make art (D'Amico, 1960).
Participation Area, 2016
After visiting the Inspiration Area, children entered the Participation Studio Workshop at D'Amico's Art Carnival. Children stayed here the remaining two-thirds of the time. Three centers were available for creating art. At the collage center D'Amico had tables set up with stimulating materials like glue, staplers, scissors, colored and patterned paper, feathers, tissue paper, sequins, and small pieces of cloth (D'Amico, 1960). At the building center D'Amico used air-dry clay some of the time. Other times he used pieces of cardboard, wire, cotton swabs, toothpicks, clothespins, tongue depressors, and glue (Bernstein, D'Amico, & Shaw, 1969). Tempera was used for the painting center where D'Amico had brightly colored easel tables lined up along walls that were painted in contrasting colors (D'Amico, 1960).
As in the Inspiration Area, parents were able to watch from behind glass windows. Children were allowed to work independently, and instruction was kept at a minimum. The only connection with children was to encourage them if they needed help getting started (D'Amico, 1960).
Just as the children attending D'Amico's Art Carnival, students stayed the remaining two-thirds of the time here. Three centers were set up to resemble centers that were used at D'Amico'sArt Carnival. At the collage center I had glue, tape, scissors, white paper, colored and patterned paper, feathers, tissue paper, sequins, and small pieces of felt. I had air-dry clay and I had play dough in the building center. As at D'Amico's Art Carnival, brightly colored tempera paint was at the painting center. I did not have easels so tables were covered with brightly colored tablecloths. Students were allowed to work independently, keeping instruction at a minimum.
References Art Barge. (2015). Victor D’Amico Institute of art, the Art Barge 2015. In The art barge. [Web log comment] Retrieved from http://theartbarge.com/barge/