Published Jul 28, 2014Want to learn directly from rock icons like Kim Gordon, Cat Power and Yoko Ono? Young girls could soon have a chance to do just that, since those musicians will be acting as teachers at the online School of Doodle.
The project, which is currently seeking funds on Kickstarter, is described as "a peer-to-peer, self-directed learning lab dedicated to activating girls' imaginations through entertainment, education and community." It's designed as a response to arts funding being cut from schools, with the goal being to "empower the next generation of LOUD WOMEN."
These will be free lessons called Daily Doodles, and this is where a couple of the aforementioned big-name stars will contribute. Gordon and Cat Power will both offer lessons on how to write a song. Yoko, meanwhile, is mentioned in the project's promotional video as offering live online chats. Le Tigre's JD Samson will also be a teacher.
Other folks mentioned on the School of Doodle's Kickstarter page include Courtney Love, Pussy Riot and Sia, among others (although it's not entirely clear if these all of these stars will be involved as teachers). There are also some men involved, including Salman Rushdie.
The school will initially open in an invitation-only test phase. Only teen girls can participate in this phase, but the school will be available to everyone once it goes public.
Go to Kickstarter to read about the School of Doodle or donate to the cause. As incentives for donating, some of the folks involved have created original doodles which are available to purchase in various forms (in a colouring book, as prints, or even signed originals).