5th grade artists have been working hard to create their own comic zines! They began this process by examining the speech bubbles, facial expressions, characters, and panel composition in an assortment of comic books and graphic novels. Then, they brainstormed characters, settings, and plots, and began drawing their own comics. Mini-lessons throughout this project have included how to show emotion through eyes, eyebrows, and mouths; how to draw simple cartoon hands; strategies for showing motion; how to draw block letters in print and cursive; elements of neat handwriting; using speech and thought bubbles effectively, and more. Each student will ink over her comic and create a hand-bound (using the pamphlet stitch) comic zine that she will be able to share with friends and family!
On Thursday evening, May 30, the Seventh Graders had their final culmination of the year at Coyote Central. Pay It Forward is a large, interdisciplinary project where students become agents of change while tackling an issue of their choosing. They research the root causes, interpret information through a super-graphic, create a keynote presentation, write poetry, and develop an action plan that aims to address the issue on the level of activism, not charity. In art, the students create a conceptual work with the freedom to choose any materials of technique. In the process, they acquire new skills and approaches to conceptual thinking, including using materials as metaphor, creating juxtaposition, integrating text and image, and embracing social realism. Check out photos of art work from the gallery reception!
Meng Li Confronting the Reality, 2013 Graphite on paper My topic is cleft lip and palates in developing countries. The piece I made is an enlarged portrait of a girl in the Philippines that has a cleft lip. The words that are staggered all over the portrait are words that most kids in developing countries face. My piece is trying to confront the painful reality both physically and emotionally. When you smile, think of how you could also help a child smile with confidence by supporting organizations that help correct cleft lip or palates in developing countries.
Dova A Red House With Three Walls, 2013 Mixed-media sculpture There are too many homeless children lacking a good education. When I think of homelessness, I think of cardboard signs; when I think of education, I think of the phrase, “Education is a Human Right”; when I think of children that sleep on the streets at night, I think of what they may want, including a house, toys, a bed, water, and more. I included these things that children should have within a house constructed from a cardboard sign, painted red to attract attention. The wire letters reflect the instability within many children’s lives and the gray of the clay symbolizes hope fading away. Lastly, I included a pair of red shoes, symbolizing the hope in every child’s eyes.
Lucy Was It Worth It, 2013 Mixed-media sculpture In 2007, the U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) Drugs and Medications Program tested 802 days of competitions held under USEF rules resulting in more than 150 positive findings. Show horses are supposed to be calm and composed, obeying everything they are told. Sometimes trainers turn to drugs when horses do not cooperate or they want them to perform at a higher level. They are subjected to drugs like cocaine, LSD, and antipsychotics; these are written on the horses body symbolizing the untold truth. This is not only very dangerous for anyone involved, it’s a ticking time bomb ready to explode any minute. I want this piece to show the reality rather than what people expect from show horses and ponies.
Katie The Reality of a Bullet Child, 2013 Mixed media sculpture The Reality of a Bullet Child is a mixed media sculpture that shows the horror of gun violence in the U.S., mainly among children. Approximately 4,394 people have died since Sandy Hook, and 87 of those 4,394 people are children. The Reality of a Bullet Child shows a drawing of a family with bullet holes through it. Below the drawing are crayons that have been shaped into bullets. Next to drawing is a crayon box painted to look like an ammunition box. The Reality of a Bullet Child shows that even though Sandy Hook has past, many have forgotten about the lost lives. Gun violence is an epidemic that is spreading all around the world, and nobody deserves to lose a life due to a gun being in the hands of the wrong person.
Sophie Child Abuse: A Cycle That Needs To End, 2013 Mixed-media painting Child abuse consists of any act of omission or commission that endangers a child’s emotional or physical health or development. Child abuse affects around 5,760 children each day; approximately five of these children loose their lives to this ongoing issue. When creating my art project, I chose to show an ongoing cycle of child abuse that may never end if we don’t do something about it. With time running out, child abuse grows as an issue and moves on from generation to generation. Before moving on to look at more projects, think about educating yourself about the symptoms in a child that has or is being abused. Knowing the signs could help save a life.
Tess Empty Reality, 2013 Sculpture My intent for this art piece is to show how some foster kids don’t have access to school supplies, and as a result, have difficulty succeeding fully in school. My intent for my art piece is to show how a desk could be empty but no one may notice. On the top of my desk, there is a crumpled piece of paper and a weak looking pencil. The piece of paper has a statistic on it stating a fact about foster children changing schools during the school year. So, before you go back-to-school shopping, think of the children who don’t have the privilege to do that and can’t just throw everything away.