7th Grade: Juxtaposition

The main goal of this project is to understand the concept of juxtaposition and the intriguing, powerful results when paring text with image. We used the artist, Ed Ruscha, as a source of inspiration, discussing how his work illuminates the strangeness of billboard slogans interrupting the landscape, creating new unexpected experiences and meanings. Additionally, students further developed their skills with value, scale, and proportion.
Check out the videos where students share their progress!

5th Grade: Marine Phyla Mosaics

The 5th Grade is gearing up for their first SGS culmination on February 13th. They will be presenting three art projects, including their salmon watercolors, folk-tale collage, and their group marine phylum mosaics. They have been working in their culmination groups to create a representation of an animal from the marine phylum they are studying. They have been working with the double-indirect method of mosaic where they first apply the glass to contact paper to keep it from moving. When the image is complete, it will be adhered to concrete then grouted.

Experiencing art & Architecture

Here are some main goals for the unit:
1. Gain foundational drawing skills, including understanding space, perspective, and scale through the lens of architecture
2. Get students excited about architecture and reveal how it weaves together art and creativity with many other skills (math, geometry, community, technology, history, etc.)
1. Gain insights to the creative process (from inspiration and dreaming to execution, including overcoming obstacles)

A few things to look for during this unit:
1. Understanding scale and ability to make scaled drawings
2. Creation 3-D forms and space using one and two point perspective
3. Basic computer modeling skills using Google Sketch-up

Art and Social Change Symposium

It was a proud day for SGS as six students showed their 7th Grade Pay it Forward Pieces. The most common reaction I witnessed while being a fly-on-the-wall was viewers commenting on how refreshing it was to see artists directly taking on their subject with confidence. Then, after reading the wall-text and statements, they exclaimed surprised, “Wait, this is student work!” I was able to make some positive connections for SGS and the art work did some networking as well. Overall, it was a very proud moment for art at SGS, and our students–I only wish I would have been able to show all of the students’ work.

Overview of Curriculum 5th-8th

Resident Artist -Kyle Cook

• This is my fourth year as Resident Artist at SGS
• My wife is also an artist and the art teacher at Seattle Prep; we have a 2 year-old daughter, Harper
• I received my MFA degree from Boston University, then lived in NYC prior to moving to Seattle
• I appreciate the title “Resident Artist” because it emphasizes that my own work is integral to my teaching
• I closed up my studio in March to build a studio next to our house–we broke ground last week!