Cram, Peel, De-Crate
Exhibition Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12:00–6:00 PM
George Washington High School AP Art and Drawing 3 in collaboration with Southern Exposure’s Contemporary Classrooms program
Teaching Artist: Patricia Copeland
In collaboration with Teaching Artist: Simon Tran
Pieces of childhood, pieces of the city, and pieces of right now constitute Cram, Peel, De-Crate. In this exhibition, teen artists dealt with themes of identity and family heritage through various mediums. Students constructed assemblage compositions fitted into old drawers from Patricia Copeland’s classroom. The drawers date back from the 1930’s when the school was first created. Generations of artists have stashed artworks in these drawers and Patricia Copeland’s AP Art class added to the drawers’ history as well. Students also recreated city views and the architecture of their neighborhoods through linoleum block prints. Contemporary Classrooms is a year-long program where teaching artists from the community work in the classroom in collaboration with art teachers from local high schools.