Students don't typically have the have the greatest respect for substitute teachers, using them as fodder for misbehavior or practical jokes. However, in this case, they'll not only likely respect their temporary teachers, but also learn something from them too.
Next week, playful artist Jeff Koons will be substitute teaching an art class in a New York City public school. It's part of Visual Arts Appreciation Week from Studio in a School, a nonprofit founded by MoMA President Emerita Agnes Gund that brings arts education into the city's public schools.
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The participating schools are Title I, which have the highest percent of children from low-income families and normally are lacking in the arts education department.
This is the first time that the 35-year-old Studio in a School has invited high-profile artists into public schools, highlighting the importance of arts education at a time when many such budgets are being cut and the programs that do exist are, as ArtInfo describes, "chronically underfunded."
Kooky Koons (a sculptor known for his work with colorful everyday objects such as balloon animals) will join participating artists including large-scale sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard, installation artist Fred Wilson and sculptor and installation artist Claudia Demonte.
They will visit schools including P.S 112 and P.S. 46 in Harlem, P.S. 75 on the Upper West Side and P.S. 139 in Flatbush, Brooklyn and provide what are sure to be inspiring lessons.