Imagining how a child feels when she or he is admitted to a hospital for an extended period of time, the staff of the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
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A collaboration between the Museum of Art, RISD and the Department of Pediatrics at Rhode Island Hospital Rhode Island Hospital is a private, not-for-profit hospital located in Providence, Rhode Island. The hospital has 719 beds, and an acute care hospital and an academic medical center. Rhode Island Hospital was founded during the American Civil War in 1863. , the program presents art projects to patients. Once a week, an "art team" from the museum's education department transforms the hospital's activity room into a studio space with materials that support that day's three-hour session. Children who are unable to leave their rooms are visited by a museum staff member who brings the lesson to them.
Introducing the Lesson
All lessons are tailored to adapt to individual illnesses and educational levels. Each class is planned so the patient can complete a project in one session.
The children are introduced to an art activity through discussion of form and content in selected museum reproductions. Lessons have themes and culminate with a studio project specially designed for patients who might face challenges such as intravenous (IV) lines or severely impaired motor skills. Projects have included maskmaking, printmaking printmaking
Art form consisting of the production of images, usually on paper but occasionally on fabric, parchment, plastic, or other support, by various techniques of multiplication, under the direct supervision of or by the hand of the artist. , modeling in clay, creating mobiles, painting and weaving.
Self-Expression and Independent Thinking
Children begin by viewing a reproduction of the nineteenth-century cityscape (company) CityScape - A re-seller of Internet connections to the PIPEX backbone.
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Zoo Animals Mural
Among the most recent assignments was painting zoo animals in their environment. In collaboration with the Roger Williams Park Zoo The Roger Williams Park Zoo of Providence, Rhode Island, USA houses over 1000 animals representing 139 species, including bald eagles, snow leopards, Asian black bears, giraffes, and African elephants, in naturalistic settings. in Providence art instructors helped young patients design a mural for Hasbro Children's Hospital A children's hospital is a hospital which offers its services exclusively to children. The number of children's hospitals proliferated in the 20th century, as pediatric medical and surgical specialties separated from internal medicine and adult surgical specialties. .
The mural is composed of sixty-five panels measuring 16 x 16' (5 x 5 m). Each panel was created by a child who was a patient of the Rhode Island Hospital during a particular six-month period and inspired by poster reproductions of animals provided by the zoo.
Implementing the Program
Instead of working in isolation, the museum called upon the talents and
utilized some of the resources of the Rhode Island School of Design to implement this program. A graduate student from RISD's art education department along with undergraduate students participate as the museum staff's teaching assistants. Even a museum docent, a volunteer who receives extensive training to learn about the museum's collection and exhibitions, has helped with the preparation and implementation of lessons. The docent's knowledge of the museum's collection and experience with guiding children on tours throughout the galleries adds dimension to the program. An innovative bed-top drawing board, designed by a RISD industrial design student and made possible through a grant from Very Special Arts Rhode Island Rhode Island, island, United States
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"It is exciting to have the museum's education department support our goal of making surroundings of the children's hospital a little brighter," said Bruce Komiske, executive director of Hasbro Children's Hospital. "The hospital is fortunate to have such talented and compassionate people join in an effort to create a positive, healing environment." A
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