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Empathy Through Art Program for High School Students

Jewish Museum Milwaukee will present an exhibit that feature’s the work of Adolph Rosenblatt, a local artist and longtime UWM educator who created massive sculptural pieces that reflect Milwaukee institutions like the Oriental Theater, Oriental Pharmacy Lunch Counter and others, depicting the people who frequented them in great detail. These installations highlight the diversity of Milwaukee, while celebrating the unique individuals who came to these places and the interactions between them.  In honor of this exhibit, we are hosting a summer arts intensive directed toward high school students. This program will explore Adolph’s techniques, with a focus on charcoal and pastel portraiture and quick drawing. Following in Adolph’s footsteps, the students will explore relationships and settings of diverse populations and locations In Milwaukee.  Portraiture drawing with be led by local artists, Heather Eiden and Jen Rosenberg, who studied with Adolph. They will work one on one with students to help them refine their skills. This exciting intensive program is made possible through several grants, including one from the Wisconsin Arts Board. Due to this generous funding, we are able to offer this program for free to all participants.

This program will be taking place during the week of July 31 to August 6 (days/times to be confirmed). The four day intensive will include:

DAY 1: The group meets for a facilitated discussion on Milwaukee and diversity, explore the exhibit, instruction on portraiture by artist educators.  Students from diverse backgrounds will pair up to sketch and get to know each other.

DAY 2: Milwaukee bus tour—Students will board a rented bus and be taken to diverse neighborhoods including Bradford Beach, and Northside and near Southside locations to be determined.  They will have an opportunity to sketch people in these diverse public settings, with the assistance of the artist educators.

DAY 3: JMM Curator, Molly Dubin will give the students a lesson on curation and the group will then lay out their own exhibit, inspired by Adolph’s work.

Sunday, August 6: Gallery Day, we will have a showing of this exhibit in which the students will discuss what they learned and highlight their artwork. Parents and community members will be invited for a reception.

This program is free and open to thirty high school students. We want to connect students from throughout the city and hoped that you might know some students who may be interested. Students will be given specialized art supplies to create their work that they will get to keep. Lunch and snacks are provided for each day. Transportation subsidies are available. We are looking for thoughtful students that reflect the breadth of Milwaukee’s many communities; a love of art is a definite plus.

Empathy through Art Flyer

For more information, contact Ellie Gettinger.

Interested Students should complete this short form to participate in JMM’s summer arts intensive that focuses on the work of Adolph Rosenblatt.

Empathy Through Art Registration Form