SchoolArts Magazine

JAN 2019

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A D V O C A C Y F or the past five years, I have been teaching a design unit with my Drawing Intensive stu - dents focusing on USPS postage stamps. The idea came about when I was at the post office in Sheboy - gan waiting to be called upon. As you may know, waiting in line can feel like an eternity. So, I started to look around and came upon a set of windows. This is when I had the idea: What if I assigned my students the task of designing their very own postage stamps? Displaying Student Art Once I was called upon, I stepped up to the counter and asked with whom I could talk in regards to display - ing student artwork. I was given the name and contact of the postmaster. I called him and pitched my idea and he loved it! As a result, around the holidays I had ten to twenty pieces of student artwork displayed in the lobby of the Sheboygan Post Office. From what I've been told by the images from their Instagram feed, cartoons, Pop Art, and so on. Their designs have to include the current cost of the postage stamp, USA, a title, implied perforations, sans serif and serif text, and incorporate col - ored pencil techniques, skilled art- istry, and originality. I believe that art should be dis - played in areas where there is high traffic, especially when it is out in the community. Unfortunately, things change, and it is important to adapt and make the most of it. This year, our Drawing Intensive USPS postage stamps are displayed near the commons at Sheboygan North High School as well as on our web - site, www.nhsartdept.com. Frank Juarez is head of the art depart- ment at Sheboygan North High School in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and a contributing editor for SchoolArts. fjuarez@ sasd.net W E B L I N K www.nhsartdept.com Stamped Frank Juarez employees, people loved seeing the art. My students' designs were dis - played from November to January. This became a tradition for the past few years—until this year. Every year I would contact the post office and inquire about display - ing student art in the lobby. The new postmaster contacted me and indicated that they are no longer able to display student artwork in the retail area. I have to admit I was disappointed, but I under - stood. The hardest part was break- ing the news to my students. Getting Stamped My students' designs are based on their own interests, whether it be I believe that art should be displa ed in areas where there is high traffic, especiall hen it is out in the communit . Left: Hannah Thorpe. Right: Madelyn Clarke. 12 JANUARY 2019 SchoolArts

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