SchoolArts Magazine

AUG-SEP 2010

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Choosing Media These advanced students had explored varying methods and materials throughout their high-school art experiences, so I gave them the freedom to choose the media for this project. Choosing Issues How can you get your Through class disStudents returned to message across to the cussion we considclass with their artiviewer in an interesting ered the following cles and sketches. and thought-provoking question: How can During a lively way utilizing a successful you get your mesroundtable discussage across to the sion, they shared composition? viewer in an intertheir passions and esting and thought-provoking way utiideas. I was amazed that each student lizing a successful composition? had focused on a different interest, ranging from the images of women in Varied Interpretations society to saving sycamore trees. This The results were as varied as the inigroup of students has been together tial ideas. One student depicted the in art classes since freshman year. state of the economy by showing a They have always been taught to take blank figure surrounded by dismal and give opinions in a thoughtful and black-and-white newspaper articles meaningful way, but I continue to be about her topic. The figure looks out impressed by their openness and willto a colorful world of collaged items, ingness to share ideas and be excited far out of reach. Another student by the input of their fellow students. Caitlin Cannon, grade eleven, Untitled, collage and plaster. Susan Torman, grade eleven, Drip, Drop, Dry, assemblage. Defines the importance of water. showed them a large stack of 20 x 26" (51 x 66 cm) recycled cardboard I had collected and told them that each project had to reuse at least one full sheet of cardboard in a creative way. decided to show the waste in our society by creating a three-dimensional sculpture. She showed the debris by mounting objects such as toy cars and cell phones on a road while poverty and danger surround it. It was a powerful and exciting experience to see the process, exploration, and results created by these students. It is uplifting to know that these future citizens are aware, involved, and creative problem-solvers. Alice Gebhart teaches art at Cranston High School East in Cranston, Rhode Island. agebhart@cpsed.net national standard Students conceive and create works of visual art that demonstrate an understanding of how the communication of their ideas relates to the media, techniques, and processes they use. Web link artandsocialissues.cmaohio.org schoolartsonline.com 25

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