Open-ended arts projects start with inspiration. Myth, music, literature and nature spark conversations in the classroom. From there, structured exploration provide students with a means of conceiving, devoloping and refining work using visual art processes.
These projects stress conceptual provocation, reinforce literacy curriculum, and reveal the power of children's imaginations. The resulting artwork communicates ideas about our friends, our families and ourselves.
New York City Public Schools and Early Education Programs, have extraordinary teachers and student populations. This diversity is source of great cultural wealth and inspires me to carry multiple histories, uncommon perspectives and unique means of creating artwork into the classroom.
Born in San Francisco in 1959, Louise Diedrich co-founded the feminist band Wilma in 1980 then went on to received her Masters of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts. In 1993 she moved to New York City to join the Studio Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her multimedia installations and drawings have been exhibited at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Gavin Brown Enterprises, Feature Gallery and The Miami International Art Fair. Her drawings have appeared in comic anthologies and various international art magazines and DIA's Uncontrollable Bodies Anthology. She has been teaching New York City Schools and after-school programs since 1998, collaborating with students and educators on a variety of projects including documentary films, animated shorts, comic book autobiography, digital art and graphic novel production.