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Art, Pencils, Education from Harriete Estel Berman

Pick Up Your Pencils, Begin installed at Anita Seipp Gallery
Castilleja School, Palo Alto, CA

Four years of effort and thousands of pencils from all over the world are now threaded together in this installation highlighting the impact of standardized testing on our educational system.

The public reception was Thursday, March 22
, at the Anita Seipp Gallery in Palo Alto, CA.

IMG_7747A documentary video in progress will include commentary from students and teachers about how standardized tests are affecting our education system at the expense of the arts, creativity, problem-solving, and critical thinking. Video clips of the fabrication and installation of the sculpture offer viewers deeper insight into the creative process.

Pencil Symposium Students Waiting for the video taping of the discussionWaitingThanks to a $5,000 grant awarded by the Applied Materials Foundation through the Arts Council of Silicon Valley, a Pencil Symposium was filmed on March 15th at Castilleja School. Prompted by the sculpture, students from four local public and private high schools joined in a discussion about the impact of standardized testing on their education. See their responses here.

Watch this short video clip about the project, it isn't professional quality, but it gets the idea across.

This post was updated on March 11, 2022.