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.
Simple watercolor postcards were used as students practiced using Nasco's chart of watercolor techniques.
Eight by ten canvas panels were covered with old book pages using gloss medium to create a collage effect for the background. Students then had to choose a living thing as a subject to watercolor. Unlike watercolor paper the paper tended to resist the color due to the gloss medium. Several layers were added to get the stronger colors. The rule of thirds compositional technique was emphasized.
The art of silhouettes was incorporated using a watercolor wash with salt resist technique on watercolor paper to create these beautiful images.
Positive and Negative Space Designs using Contrast-O Vinyl sheets, x-acto knives and a whole lot of steady hands!
Nebraska Youth Art Month
Youth Art Month is a national celebration to celebrate visual arts for grades K – 12. The Youth Art Month Program emphasizes the value of art education for all children, encourages support for quality school art programs. Started in 1961 through the Art & Creative Materials Institute, Inc. (ACMI) and in cooperation with the National Art Education Association, it has emphasized the importance of art in public schools.
The State Capitol Youth Art Month Celebration will feature a K-12 art exhibition March 7th through March 21 in the Capital Rotunda.
Students featured from our school is 11th grader Evan Spencer and 8th grader Isaac Sine. Both pieces will be on display with a ceremony celebration on March 21st at the State Capital.
I live in Nebraska and love teaching art! I get the best of all worlds.... I teach High School Graphic Design, Middle School Studio Art and I am an adjunct instructor at our local college.