Waterwheel Symposium with the 4th and 5th grade students presenting their projects about water

March 21, Cumberland Elementary, Sunnyvale, CA.4th and 5th grade Students presenting a series of waterscapes from around the Bay area. 4th and 5th grade students presenting a series of posters made on their iPads with the app PosterMaker. The series is about water conservation awareness in the midst of the severe drought California is going through right now.
Waterwheel platform here.

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Campbell Union School District STEAM Conference

March 21st, 2014 – Rolling Hills Elementary School, Campbell, CA.

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My presentation:
STEAM content area: Sciences
“Sciences and Art through Close Observation: We are Artist-Naturalists!”
Making the best use of the resources we have in our immediate environment and creating a journey for the students in which they become enthusiastic artist-scientists, connecting with nature by observation of its infinite diversity. A new look at the students’ environment – the mundane becomes extraordinary.

Outcomes:
During my presentation the participants are actively engaged. After the presentation the teachers have the information and the necessary skills to take action and engage with their students in feasible art-imbued-with-science exercises and the desire to grow their knowledge. In the future, the participants are welcome to email me with questions to continue the dialogue.

Target audience: Elementary teachers

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The Arts in Your Classroom: Engaging the students in the sciences through the arts.

March 3, 2014, Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, CA.
Presented in collaboration by Montalvo Arts Center, The Santa Clara County Office of Education, and the Lurie College of Education at San Jose State University.

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My two-hour workshop: “Sciences and Art through Close Observation: We are Artist-Naturalists!”
Engaging students in the Sciences through the Arts means having students being excited about making art, being opened to new ideas and trusting their own thinking. The activities I propose are always personalized for each student: they can appropriate their rocks or any other finding; they can appropriate the photo of the unique landscape they are working on. That is one aspect that makes the experience unique for each student. Each exercise is anchored in their reality, for example the school. I like to make them think about the fact that any place, any element provided by nature is unique, so that the journey becomes a source of surprises. That appropriation help the students understand their world better. The more we look, the more we see, the more we can open our mind and think freely and get new ideas. The holistic aspect of the common core is for me very exciting because it is the way I see my practice: everything is interconnected.
The goals are clear but each student follows a personal path at a personal pace.
I am careful that the exercises are not too technically driven.

Making the best use of the resources we have in our immediate environment and creating a journey for the students in which they become enthusiastic artist-scientists, connecting with nature by observation of its infinite diversity. A new look at the students’ environment – the mundane becomes extraordinary.

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Sip. Do Not Gulp. Panel Discussion: Lush Lawns and Delicious Dinner: How California’s Habits are about to change.

Wednesday, February 26, 7 p.m, de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, CA.

At a moment when California’s water situation is of heightened concern, and the interconnectedness of food and water is at the center of the discussion, four experts come together to share their thoughts on the State’s condition. Jackie Davison, Outreach Coordinator in the Environmental Services Department at the Water Pollution Control Plant in Sunnyvale; Masie Ganzler, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Bon Appetit Management Company; Ed Maurer, Associate Professor, Civil Engineering at Santa Clara University; and Joe Morris, Morris Grassfed Beef discuss the impact California’s water shortage has on a personal and local level, and offer their perspectives on what the State’s future might hold. Programmed in conjunction with Sip. Do Not Gulp., on view through March 16, this program speaks to artist Michele Guieu’s commitment to engaging the community through her work.

The de Saisset Museum
500 El Camino Real,
Santa Clara, CA 95050

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Species Encounter at Art of Innovation within the Global Innovation Summit

Wednesday, Feb. 19th, 6–10pm, San Jose Convention Center, downtown San Jose, CA.

Species Encounter is an interactive installation in which the participation of the public is essential. Visitors are invited to walk behind a large screen lit by colored LED lamps and play on the screen with the shapes I created for the project. Visitors can enjoy the installation from inside (making the shapes move) and/or from outside (watching).
Species Encounter was part of the GLOW festival at the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz last Fall and part of SubZERO festival in June 2013.

Anno Domini Gallery presents an eclectic evening of San Jose’s arts and culture at the Global Innovation Summit + Week.

40+ artists, performers, musicians plus hundreds of conference attendees from 50 countries around the globe!

Participating Artists / Performers
Frank Aguilar / sculpture, Brandon Anderton / painting, Arcade by SJSU Game Dev, Art Alive Gallery by Trina Merry / installation, Becca’s Studio / crafts, Ytai, Ben-Tsvi / IOIO Plotter, Bingus Pingus Art / crafts, David Canavese Art / sculpture, Classic Loot / vintage jewelry, Jean Davis / paintings, Drew and Barb / fashion & jewelry, Force 129 / paintings, Michele Guieu / Species Encounter, Andre Hart / paintings, Jeff Hemming / paintings, Al Linke / LED Pixel Art, Jason McHenry / drawings, Mejia Arts / drawings & henna, Mariya Milovidova / drawings & fashion, Minou / paintings, LauruS Myth / paintings, Noise Furniture / urban upcycling, Gianfranco Paolozzi / mixed media, Poet Laureate David Perez / The Poetry Site, Steven Reece / pyropaintings, Seeing Things Gallery / paintings & zines, Slave Labor Graphics / indie comics, Geoffrey Smith II / GIS photo booth, South Bay Circus Arts, TechShop San Jose, Tim Thompson / Space Palette, Visual Confections / jewelry.

Live Music
SCLOrk /Santa Clara University Laptop Orchestra, Freya Seeburger / cello, ShovelMan / junkyard beatnic, Haptic Synapses / improv electronic.

The Global Innovation Summit is a major gathering of leading entrepreneurs, executives, scientists, inventors, venture capitalists, journalists, investors, policy makers, social entrepreneurs, and innovation thought leaders from 50 countries. The Global Innovation Summit is the anchor event for Global Innovation Week. The Art of Innovation event will be the closing party for all conference attendees, and open to the public. Free admission.

Hosted and sponsored by the City of San Jose, Global Innovation Summit and Anno Domini.

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Sip. Do Not Gulp. by curator Lindsey Kouvaris

“Sip. Do Not Gulp.” examines the interconnectedness of food and water throughout Santa Clara Valley’s long history. Created by Bay Area artist Michele Guieu, the site-specific installation calls attention to the shifting patterns and practices of water usage in the Valley. Once an abundant resource, agricultural development, population increase, and urban sprawl have placed stress on fresh water availability. Comprised of a painted mural, a documentary video, and a symbolic acorn “rug,” Guieu highlights the preciousness of water as a local resource and draws salient connections to food production in this region: if there is no water, there is no food.

Designed specifically for the de Saisset Museum, Guieu’s painted mural extends across three walls, looking at four distinct periods in local history: the Native Ohlone, the Mission era, the Rancho period, and present day Silicon Valley. The mural traces the transformation of Santa Clara Valley from a land rich with water and natural resources to a space defined by technology and struggling to meet water demand.

A documentary video, projected on the wall in the center of the mural, brings together four distinct voices to address water concerns from a range of perspectives: Andrea Blum, chef and writer; James Famiglietti; Professor of Earth System Science and Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of California, Irvine; Edward Mauer, Associate Professor, Civil Engineering at Santa Clara University; Ann Marie Sayers, Ohlone Storyteller and Tribal Chair of Indian Canyon.

In the center of the room lies a rug formed of acorns locally hand-picked from different species of oaks. Acorns were an essential food source for the Ohlone. In the middle of the rug a small table is set with a pitcher of water—a reminder that the most important thing on the menu is water. Water is a necessity for farming, cooking, and irrigating—our food supply depends on it.

To encourage dialogue about our growing water concerns, “Sip. Do Not Gulp.” is designed to be interactive. Museum visitors are invited to share stories, commentary, and reflections on the role of water in our lives by posting comments directly onto the surface of the mural. With time, the image created by Guieu will become a forum for discussion—a place where the community can exchange ideas, express concerns, and offer solutions.

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