TSW News Tulsa Students Explore the Art of Placemaking

The elementary school children who signed up for summer art workshops at ahha Tulsa art museum probably expected to paint, create pottery, and perhaps attempt origami. However, a group of third-fifth graders was challenged to design a city, combining various elements such as homes, commercial buildings, roadways and greenspaces into a cohesive whole. The program is the brainchild of TSW Tulsa Planner and Urban Designer Jamie Pierson, who is also an artist and art educator affiliated with ahha Tulsa.

“The idea for this workshop was to help the students envision their neighborhood and city through the lens of art,” said Pierson. “They were challenged to work cooperatively to figure out what components make up a successful community, and how to assemble them into a 3-D representation. We used construction paper, blocks, paint, cardboard cut-outs and more to depict their ideas. The kids quickly learned about the challenges of successful placemaking. One child scolded another for placing a highway next to a neighborhood. Another lively discussion was centered around the issue of walkability. I loved watching the students come up with fresh ideas as they designed and built their city. My hope is that having gone through this creative process, they now have an understanding of urban design issues and will become advocates for smart planning in their own communities.”

We are proud to have Jamie as a part of the TSW team! To check out more of Jamie’s work, check out her Instagram @scraps_designs and website www.heyscrapsdesigns.com

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