Teacher Workshop: Betye, Lezley, and Alison Saar

Via Zoom; Not Recorded

Tuesday, February 16, 2021
4 - 5:30 PM

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Presented by Africa Fullove, M.Ed, Climate/SEL Coach Sacramento City Unified School District and Mallorie Marsh, Associate Director of Education, Crocker Art Museum

Born in 1926, Betye Saar emerged as part of the Black Arts Movement in the 1970s. Today, she is best known for her collage and assemblage works that challenge racial stereotypes. Internationally acclaimed, she has received multiple lifetime achievement awards in recent years.⁣ Betye Saar’s success continues through her own work and that of her daughters, Lezley Saar (born 1953) and Alison Saar (born 1956), who are also accomplished artists. While they too engage with themes of race, gender, spirituality, and identity, often through narrative, each contributes a unique voice.

Using the Saars's historic body of work, explore the intersection between social and emotional learning (SEL) and arts integration. Participants will be introduced to the neuroscience of trust through the SEL core competencies and engagement in intentional relationship/community building moves. They will also leverage their adult SEL by reflecting on perspective taking and relationship skills, while exploring instructional resources in whole group and breakout room settings.


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Image: Lezley Saar (American, born 1953), Zerpenta Dambullah: Born under the shade of a black willow tree in New Orleans in 1826 sat on a rock turning rain into tobacco smoke (detail), 2019. Acrylic on fabric with fringing, braided tassels, and curtain rod, 68 x 40 in. Crocker Art Museum purchase with funds provided by Emily Leff and James Davis III, 2019.98. Photo: Agust Augustsson, courtesy of Walter Maciel Gallery.⁣

Image: Alison Saar (American, born 1956), Jitterbug from the Copacetic portfolio (detail), 2019. Linocut on handmade Japanese Hamada kozo paper, 19 1/2 x 18 in. Crocker Art Museum purchase with funds provided by the Marcy and Mort Friedman Acquisition Fund; and Janet Mohle-Boetani, M.D., and Mark Manasse, 2019.60.7. © Alison Saar. Photo: Courtesy of Catharine Clark Gallery and Mullowney Printing.

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