Key Biscayne Community School
Master Peace Project
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During May and June 1999, Key Biscayne Elementary School students will be using Internet technology to create a collaborative art project for their school.  

Using the artist's WebStudio, students will help create a painting on-line.  They will also exhibit their individual drawings in the student web gallery, and they will post their comments in a discussion forum.

On June 1st, all Key Biscayne students are invited to use the Internet to "see the artist" in his studio as he glues the art class's drawings into the large painting.  During this time they should be adding their comments in the discussion forum, always focusing on the project's theme.  The artist will be responding to some of these messages as he paints. 

The art project's theme is "Keep Key Biscayne Beautiful."  Think of what you could do (or ask others to do) to keep Key Biscayne beautiful--preservation, education, clean-ups, ideas, action.   Then express these in the discussion forum.

On June 4th, the artist will continue working on the painting and will be able to communicate with you in real time using a chatroom interface.  The finished painting will be unveiled the following Monday morning. 

Through their work students in Ms. Jo Ann Young's art class will inspire their peers to take action in preserving the natural beauty that surrounds their school environment and community.


Key Biscayne Community School
150 W. McTire Street
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Phone: 305-316-5418
Fax:  305-361-8120

Ms. Darlene S. Mooney, Principal

Ms. JoAnn Young, Art Teacher


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discussion forum

student web gallery

logs of webstudio session



The Internet-based project is inspired by the Xavier Cortada's WebStudio, an innovative art form created with the support of a New Forms grant the artist received from Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs council and ArtCenter South Florida.

The WebStudio is an Internet-based collaborative art project, which allows participants to interact with Miami artist Xavier Cortada through two webcams and a live, virtual conference room. The composition, specific theme, and colors of the paintings are determined by input provided through the conference during scheduled sessions.

WebStudio participants are also encouraged to post writings on discussion forums and to e-mail scanned images and text on the painting's topic to the WebStudio.  Cortada will collage these unto the paintings.  

Those techniques will be utilized at Key Biscayne Community School as students create a collaborative mural for their school.

For more information on the WebStudio, visit the site:

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Logs and Images of Key Biscayne WebStudio Session

mpeace2-183.jpg (5814 bytes) Tue 1 Jun 1999    Key Biscayne
mpeace-750.jpg (8337 bytes) Tue 4 Jun 1999    Key Biscayne

Master Peace is a collaborative effort of Miami-Dade Art in Public Places, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Division of Life Skills, and Regis House, Inc., a non-profit community-based center helping children and families. For more information on the project, events and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Ms. Lea Nickless, Art in Public Places Coordinator of Education and Community Outreach at (305) 375-5362, Ms. Fran Brum at Miami-Dade County Public Schools Division of Life Skills at (305) 995-1980, or Mr. Pablo Cortada at Regis House, (305) 642-6400. Miami artist Xavier Cortada is Master Peace's founder and serves as its Artistic Director.