My son Benjamin has grown so much as a young artist in Room 13 that it’s hard to believe it’s only his second year in the studio! The encouragement and enthusiasm of Miss Liane, the artist-in-residence at Eliot’s Room 13, has really bolstered his confidence as a designer and inspired him to explore new media and see an art piece thru from beginning concept to finished piece. The supportive art studio setting and opportunities to showcase student work and create artistic displays throughout the community have inspired Benjamin to take on a leadership role as president of his Room 13, which I think is excellent practice for his future career. I love that he’s also gotten a good introduction to the business side of the art world by helping to coordinate Room 13 fundraisers and budgeting for art supplies.
In Room 13 at John Muir, I’ve noticed LEARNs I’ve noticed that students who once felt they had little or no options for career paths in the arts renewed their purpose. I also believe that Room 13 sets the standard in project based learning and classroom community for the school. The students are constantly empowered to work as a team, set goals as a team, and accomplish as a team. These qualities are invaluable to each participant’s life as they begin to pursue their individual endeavors. I’ve had the opportunity to review their student art, and the level of skill that is displayed exceeds my expectation. Room 13 exposes students to new skills and technology that is innovative and challenging to their imaginations. I am glad to know that students and teens in my community have a place to go to let their imaginations run wild and create memorable works of art.
The Light Bringer Project’s Room 13 affords the creative mind a safe, non-judgmental space to discover their inner voice and express themselves creatively through art making, and occasional performances. Students embrace the concept of “baked air” as they develop their ideas and nurture them in Room 13. Room 13ers are resilient risk takers, who gain self-confidence, as they learn about art making techniques, and processes, form long lasting bonds with like-minded individuals, and see the results of their efforts impact the community.
Room 13 has been a valuable asset to Eliot Arts Magnet over the years. I have watched Eliot students who attend Room 13 become well-versed in the various art making processes, media, and styles. In addition, I have observed Room 13 students become creative and confident artists who display agency and voice. These assets help them succeed in all of their classes; as the art teacher, I definitely see the positive effects of Room 13 in my classroom.
Hi, I’m Day Pointer and I want to say that ROOM 13 is a blessing to me and a lot of us. It’s such a great place to relax after school and express our imaginations on paper. I love to knit and we have knitting supplies. Needle felting is awesome. Everything you want to do with art is there with all the amazing art supplies. Thank you so much. I know those who attend with me love it, too. It is such a blessing!
Room 13 has given me so many fun opportunities and I have learned multiple art skills. I love our studio.
Room 13 is such a great place to be. You can happily express yourself and be exposed to all types of art forms.