7th Grade

Hear Our Voice: Social Justice Art Field Trip

Today 7th grade artists adventured to Pioneer Square to the Center on Contemporary Art, where we explored the powerful and transformative exhibit “Hear Our Voice: Visual Art Selections Featured in the Women’s March on Washington and in Seattle.” We learned about the collection from Executive Director Nichole DeMent, who gifted each of us with a beautiful poster at the end of our visit.  This experience helped connect us with important social justice movements happening right now, as well as got us thinking about how artists can use images, text, and layout choices to invoke strong emotions and inspire viewers to take action.  Soon enough, each 7th grader will be creating their own piece of social justice art!  Ask your 7th grader to describe some of the posters that stood out to them today, and see the sequence of photos below to get a sense of the experience.

Listening to Nichole 1

First, we gathered together to listen and learn from Artist, Photographer, and Executive Director Nichole DeMent, who told us the story of this collection and described the unique journey of this non-profit art gallery.

Looking at ArtStudents explored the gallery and reflected in writing and sketching on these questions:

What issue does this piece address?

How do the colors, lettering style, image, and layout help to communicate the message?

Pretend you are an art critic. What strengths would you highlight about this piece?

How does this piece inspire to take action?

Writing PostcardsStudents had the opportunity to write to Congresspeople on postcards provided by the gallery, sharing their thoughts on our current political atmosphere and how they hope our elected officials will direct their work.

    Looking at Art 2

The posters sparked thoughtful conversations, insightful observations, and excellent questions, deepening our understanding of how visual art can contribute to and transform culture.

7th Grade at CoCA

Get ready world, these young artists are ready to inspire the world to take action!

7th Grade at CoCA 2Special thank you to Ms. Lulu and Kyle for joining us on this very special field trip!

See below for a selection of our students’ favorite pieces (Thank you Mia for the photos!).  Artist names will be added ASAP.

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Encaustic Painting

7th grade artists have been working hard, using beeswax, collage, graphite transfer paper, and oil paint as they learn the ancient art form of encaustic  painting.  It has been an honor to witness their joy, creativity, and flexibility as they practice challenging techniques and work to get results with which they are satisfied!

Soon, 7th graders will apply their skills to create mixed-media encaustic paintings on wood panels that represent their inside and outside worlds.  Their “inside worlds” include qualities that represent who they truly are on the inside: hopes, fears, memories, feelings, identities, ideas, and other truths.  Their “outside worlds” include others’ perceptions, influences from friends, family, school, and media, likes and dislikes, stereotypes, and assumptions that affect them.  Artists will intentionally choose colors, materials, and collage elements that symbolized specific concepts meaningful to them personally.  In addition, they will apply at least one principle of design to their piece in order to create a strong composition.

See below for photos and the final painting assignment handout.

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Welcome to 7th Grade Art!

2016-17 will be a year of experimentation, playfulness, skill building, and problem solving.  Students will get their hands messy, take their ideas to the next level, and build foundational art skills as they learn about mixed media, sculpture, digital art, photography, activist art, and beyond.  They will learn the ancient art form of encaustic (beeswax) painting, express their inner and outer selves through an assemblage project, celebrate themselves and their community through photography and Photoshop, and practice using art to communicate, raise awareness, and inspire social change.  I look forward to a joyful year of creativity!

Celebrating Good Work: Photography & Photoshop Unit is Complete!

Congratulations are in order for our 7th grade artists!  Each student explored elements of photography (composition, shutter speed, and aperture) and put together a portfolio of their best photographs–below is a sample of each student’s work.

Students went on to create their own “Celebrate People’s History” posters using portrait photography and Photoshop.  While learning Photoshop can be overwhelming at first, they persevered through challenges and created dynamic, powerful works of graphic art!  Soon these posters will be on display in the front hallway at school — be sure to check them out when you have a chance!

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