Originally posted on MAKE:
Robert Ponzio, Chair Fine Arts at Oak Hall School in Gainesville, Florida posted this series of photos to Reddit recently. It shows a group of students constructing a wooden footbridge inspired by an illustration in a Song Dynasty scroll. Robert was kind enough to share a little bit of the backstory with MAKE:
As an artist and educator I am always looking for new ways to inspire my students. As students enter my classroom there is a sign on the door that reads, “Visual Research Laboratory”. This fancier way of saying ‘Art Room’ is more in line with the philosophy of our entire fine arts department, be it music, theater or the visual arts.
“Experiential Learning” is at the heart of what we try to provide our students. While we are well aware that most of our students won’t become fine artists, we believe that teaching them to…
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