SchoolArts Magazine

September 2018

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Inspiration from Frustration I photo-document all student work in my upper-level classes. It cuts down on time in the AP course, and it serves as a great database for myself and future students to research what other students have created. I printed a few of these images from various projects from earlier in the school year. After a week of staring at them with no new insight materializing, I crumpled them up into a ball and tossed them. It was that moment of nonchalance that sparked the idea. Watching the sketch of the wooden block still life crinkle in my hand transformed it from a tedious reex- amination of old knowledge to a deep exploration into skilled observation and media work. So, we got to work printing out copies of students' still lifes on a color printer. Damaged Goods Students experimented with various ways to crumple and ball the print - outs up until they found a form that appealed to them. We attached one to a matte board backing and placed wire behind it so it would sit upright. Students set up easels and began to render the new still life in acrylic. Conclusions What I enjoyed most about this proj- ect was the focus on the process of art-making. The first rendering of the still life wasn't the ending, but the initiating of a new piece. Stu - dents returned to the place where we started with a new level of skill and it certainly gave them a deeper understanding of how far they had come artistically and how much they had learned throughout the school year. It also turned a simple still-life assignment into a strong addition to a portfolio, which was one of my main goals for the course. Jude Saleet is art department chair at Oakwood School in Morgan Hill, Califor- nia. N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Creating: Conceiving and developing new artistic ideas and work. W E B L I N K arts/visual-arts Grace Chapman, grade ten. Left to right: original artwork, crumpled artwork, still-life painting. The first rendering of the still life wasn't the ending, but the initiating of a new piece. SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 33

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