Students finished up two challenges that I did not get a chance to post about until now. As we finish up the school year, I am trying my best to keep up with every fast-paced movement forward. Here are some of the results from the last two Challenges:
For this assignment, students had to think about the objects in their lives that they cherish or not. They also were challenged to use a material they had yet to try and that offered for some fun experiments.
Luke: For Challenge 4, I used printmaking for the 16 teams that are in the NHL playoffs, As you see there is only the Minnesota Wild because I have not finished yet so I will re-submit with 16 teams on a white sheet of paper. I used space to fill up the space in my artwork and I also used variety so I used a variety of colors and ink to make the two main colors of each team. I love to watch the NHL Playoffs and I had to use a different material so I printmade the NHL teams.
Sophia: In this artwork I made a necklace out of pop cans. Some of the elements of art and principals of design that I used in this piece are shape, color, and pattern. I cut out the circle parts of pop cans and put them in a "U" type pattern to fit around the neck and I used the red from coca-cola cans to add some bright color. I like the artwork I made because it is very unique, different than anything I have done, and I used recycled materials.
Tess: In this piece, I used the elements of texture, the material yarn made for a very unique texture for the art, and line, the piece was made out of a lot of lines put together. to make my artwork I also used rhythm in the fact that the black and white lines were repeated throughout the cleat. Personally, I think that this piece is very aesthetically pleasing. The cleat is very detailed and I think that the colors work very well together.
For this challenge, students were asked to create work about a cause they cared about. It was interesting to see what they made, especially since they only had a week to do it.
Marie: In big cities like Chicago, or New York, it becomes more and more popular to see people without homes begging for money on the roadside. Myself, having been to both of the cities experienced seeing this, as well as in my home town. Many people put these people aside, and expect someone else to help them. Supporting homeless people as well as shelters is important. This artwork supports this idea of people without homes, because of the jar with a small amount of money, and the collage of cardboard. Both relate to the idea of homelessness. The vibrant colors support the idea of supporting homeless organizations, as well as people.
Kylie: I made this artwork because it shows how overwhelmed she is. It shows everything that is going on and how stressed she is with the world. I know from experience how it feels to be very overwhelmed with everything that is going on. I thought that with the distortion it shows how overwhelmed she is better. Also the eyes are big so that you can see what is going on. There is a saying "The eyes are the window to the soul."
Chloe: My artwork is dealing with the Flint water crisis. In my work I represented how this issuse can affect us in the future but in a good way. Eventually the water is going to become clean enough to drink. In the background I used a pipes showing how it all started from the pipes. This is important to me and other people because people NEED clean water to drink and they shouldn't have to go to the store to do so.
I had the most awesome opportunity to apply and be accepted to participate in The Power of Art Conference at The Lab School in Washington D.C. This three-day conference allowed teachers from across the country to come together at The Lab School and discuss one of the most important topics in Arts Education, which is Arts Integration. I was fortunate enough to arrive early enough on the first day to make my way to several important spots around our Nation's Capitol and take in the history and the art (often times at the same moment).
I had an amazing experience learning more ways to integrate the Arts at this conference. I am very passionate about this topic and actually wrote my Thesis on this for my MA in Art Education back in 2010. As a teacher who is also certified in English/Language Arts, I try and cross other content curriculum into my Arts lessons and it was really eye-opening to see an entire school use the Arts in their content curriculum throughout grades and subjects. It was also really inspiring to see the various collaborative works students did around the school, many of them hand-in-hand with Robert Rauschenberg!
This annual conference is available to teachers and administrators from schools all over the country. I highly recommend going and applying with other teachers and school leaders from your district!
Teaching Visual Arts since 2004 and making images since picking up a crayon.