Pay It Forward was a massive success!

After so much effort and grinding, it finally happened, the PIF Art show occurred and the results were infectious and engaging and thought-provoking! The students did it! In achieving their visions, the students started off by conceptualizing a long term project that would resonate with their chosen PIF issue. They were asked to create pieces that would spark empathy and a change in thinking. For some, their work was about dispelling common misconceptions, for others it was about bringing harsh realities to light. The students kept their work open and subject to change and they worked with requested materials or brought their own in and worked non-stop in art class for almost two months. Please find a gaggle of photos below that show a sampling of some of the PIF projects, followed by some quotes of what they were most proud of this term.


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Some quotes from students on what they were most proud of in their artwork:

“I love my thin, precise technique that I used to draw the woman in my artwork. And the braids, they were very precise.”

“I am most proud of the representation of my art pieces because at the culmination people could easily understand the art and get the points I was conveying.”

“I liked that I used a 3D factor, so it wasn’t just a painting on a wall, but a more interactive piece that you can see on the inside and the outside.”

“I think my symbolism was really deep, and the way I got it across made my art really pretty.”

“I really like the whole thing. I think the box thing worked out really great, and I got a lot of compliments about it. A part about it I really like is the tiny plastic bags and bottles, because I really like making miniature stuff.”

Artistic Creations for Pay It Forward Begins

Term 3 kicks off with a renewed vigor in the classroom and a brand new unit: Pay it Forward! In this culminating unit, the students are given free-reign (within reason) to create an experiential art piece that accents / augments / or visually comments on their selected PIF project. As I’m sure you’ve heard, the students each chose an issue that means a great deal to them and now they are given the task of converting their research and their relationship to their subject into an art piece. The emphasis on this unit is freedom – the student can craft anything they wish as long as it fits in a 3x3x3 space! Some will opt for painting, some will create a film, some will create interactive installations, and others multi-media sculptures.

Each student will have the huge responsibility of planning their pieces from idea to reality, coming up with materials lists, and modifying their ideas so that their project can reach fruition. This will be a long term project that will require patience, adaptability, drive and being open to changes.

Currently, we are in the brainstorming stage, conceptualizing our ideas and creating mock-ups of their best ideas. As far as materials go, our art budget will cover “art-related” materials (ie. paint, canvas, paper mache, etc) but some students may be asking you for extraneous materials (ie. cloth, knick knacks, sewing materials) so please converse with them and see if they need your help. Keep in mind how amazing a thrift store can be for cheap items which they can weave into their art piece.

Their final drafts are due May 10th. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Seeing is Believing : Photography Unit

The students have been busy bees in art class, building up a portfolio of creative work for a Digital Gallery to share in the hallway and online with you! Thus far, we’ve explored nature photography, macro photography (making small things enormous), still lifes, and narrative stories told through images. We are editing photos in Photoshop to enhance clarity, color and make stylized (and oftentimes wacky) choices. After the break we are gearing up to create GIFs to spice up our email tags and move into taking portraits of each other. Below you will find a small peak through the window of our creative process thus far. The Digital Gallery will be shared with you just after March 7th, when it is due!

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“the True Inside” by Luisa


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“Untitled” and “Hannah The Alien” by Lauren Novak

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