Our collaborative murals began with our guest artist Mary Vaughan planning our design themes, measuring and constructing over 90 wooden panels and creating the layouts of different sections that ultimately was created and painted by the students. Enjoy the slide show of the work in many stages and progress.
Thank you to our funding partners.
Nebraska Arts Council:
"THE NEBRASKA ARTS COUNCIL, A STATE AGENCY, HAS SUPPORTED THIS ARTS EVENT THROUGH ITS MATCHING GRANTS PROGRAM FUNDED BY THE NEBRASKA LEGISLATURE AND THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS, AND THE NEBRASKA CULTURAL ENDOWMENT. VISIT www.nebraskaartscouncil.org FOR INFORMATION ON HOW THE NEBRASKA ARTS COUNCIL CAN ASSIST YOUR ORGANIZATION."
Hamilton Community Foundation:
MATCHING FINE ARTS GRANT
Aurora Public Schools:
VISUAL ARTS FUNDS
Middle School students used their iPads and the app Sketches to create their Nebraska bird drawings. It has a good video on how to use the app. A great site we use that is very informative is What Bird. It allows the students to research about their particular bird with visuals, and audio. They can actually listen to the sound of their bird they chose.
Students in 8th grade created some wonderful weavings! People learned to weave thousands of years ago using natural grasses, leafstalks, palm leaves, and thin strips of wood. Students could choose a traditional weaving design or a modern design of their choice.
Students learned about Navajo rugs; from the shearing of sheep for wool, to weaving on cardboard looms. Today weaving ranks as a major industry in many countries. Tapestry weaving has been known for hundreds of years in diverse cultures. In the 13th and 14th centuries the Church recognized the value of tapestries in illustrating Bible stories to its illiterate congregations.
Students started out with a study on Chromatic Value Scales. Using white tempera paint and one other color, they created a value scale with 12 changes. The art of Cubism was then introduced focusing on Picasso's work in analytical cubism.
Students were asked to reflect on how they visualize themselves through words and images that best represent themselves. They needed to include their dreams, interests, career goals, and use a variety of art mediums on a 12x12 poster board in a creative design.
I live in Nebraska and love teaching art! I get the best of all worlds.... I teach High School Graphic Art, Middle School Studio Art and I am an adjunct instructor at our local college.