Marissa Bannister is an artist and educator, who returned home to Buffalo after receiving her BFA from Alfred University. In 2010, Lehner and a small group of local artists founded Emerging Leaders of the Arts, Buffalo (ELAB). Marissa creates mixed-media interactive sculpture and large scale installations and exhibits in a range of galleries and unique places such as city streets, empty store fronts, subway stations, grain silos and warehouses. Her work has been exhibited in Buffalo and Lawrence, Massachusetts, and published in the Buffalo News, ArtVoice, Buffalo Rising, Spark Magazine and various show catalogues. She was awarded a commissioned installation at the Central Buffalo Public Library as a part of the annual echo: Art Fair. Professionally, she worked for three years at Clarence Middle School teaching adaptive and 8th grade Art, and then acted as the Project Director for the Ferry Street Corridor Project. She recently completed her Masters of Science in Art Education at Nazareth College, honored with the award in Excellence in Art Education. In her downtime, Lehner enjoys working in her studio located in the backyard of the Grain Silos, and traveling to near and far destinations.
BUILD: Bringing Learning to Life Through the Arts
L earning through Inquiry
The continuous cycle of the BUILD process allows students to express their learning through the creative arts. Through individual and collaborative projects, students step beyond the concept, to experience their knowledge in hands-on creative projects. Students work through artistic media using creative problem solving and inquiry-based learning techniques to bring their learning to life. The process itself lends to divergent thinking, allowing new ideas to emerge and inspire, as well as to deepen their understanding of the concept. In the spirit of STEAM, artist and teacher will work together to ensure the balance between facts and creative expression.
This process can be applied to a variety of subjects at all grade levels. Here are some examples of how it can translate to the following subjects:
Science: Use art and design to solve a problem, ex: build a sculptural model for a structure to reuse rainwater runoff
ELA: Marry story with collage and sculpture, ex: create a tunnel book to express the climax of a story
Social Studies: Deepen understanding of events by investigating and synthesizing into an artwork, ex: research an event/person/place and create a “profile” using mixed-media and sculpture.
Math: Apply and visualize math concepts through design and sculpture, ex: use origami to visualize math concepts