10th grade visual arts and literary arts students from Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) collaborated on a Youth Philosophy project. Students read and discussed Warhol’s publication The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again) and other philosophical essays as a touchstone. Then students participated in research and dialogue sessions in which they speculated on the nature of existence and philosophical themes such as time, love and beauty. Next, in small groups they developed strategies for collecting a youth philosophy in their school. Examples of collecting strategies include: written surveys conducted in which they asked their peers to discuss their philosophical ideas about time and beauty; collecting their peers' sketchbook drawings and doodles inspired by popular comic book and video game imagery related to the theme of “death”; and collecting representations of youth culture in the media. Final projects paired visual imagery created by the visual arts students with poems and philosophical musings written by the literary arts students.
Motivation Lesson prior to Youth Philosophy Project:
Students created two collections, 1) red objects and 2) round objects. These collections were photographed and used to teach the photographic silkscreen processes.