This full-day class will merge both the STEM and Art Concentration students, with a focus on the engineering design process. We will work together to create an interactive, large-scale installation that could be transported to the library courtyard, to our friends at Banneker Elementary, or set up in our community garden for the public to interact with and enjoy. In the first day we will explore the need for interactive spaces that will pull our community into the outdoors. We will look at exhibits presently in several galleries, museums, and parks and learn about the artists and engineers behind the work. We will take two day trips to explore these spaces in person. For the remaining two days, students will collaborate to create an interactive exhibit the whole community can enjoy.
Students in this class will uncover some of Foxcroft’s oldest tales, including stories about Miss Charlotte Haxall Noland and Mrs. Jane Ball Kyle. Both women inhabited the building we now know as Brickhouse almost 200 years apart. The students will create their own rendition of who these women were, what they might have experienced right here on campus and within their local communities. Their stories will be retold using today’s newest technologies, including audio, video, 3D printing, 3D scanning, and Virtual Reality.
Students will learn about the history of Foxcroft by digging into the memories remaining in the school archives. They will discover the people, the buildings, and the events that shaped our earliest years. By selecting primary sources to combine with their own creative renditions of the past, each girl will have the opportunity to choose her unique learning path. She may draw, write, perform, or photograph a memory that will bring her audience back to a particular moment in time here at Foxcroft. Students will explore how a wide range of historical and contemporary artists have blended the visions and voices from a previous era. They will gain firsthand experience with historical displays in Washington D.C.’s archives and museums. This direct inspiration will take shape as students work together to create a memoryscape honoring Foxcroft’s beginnings.