SchoolArts Magazine

NOV 2013

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specific to those strengths. We had a filmmaker, a photographer, organizers, designers, writers, and presenters. The class of seventeen was broken up into three groups with the same objectives: design, present, create, and exhibit art. Student Design Valderas explained that as public artists, we want to leave behind a message for the future and asked students what they wanted to say to future generations. Each group chose a piece of art from art history to represent their message, then designed their own images for their prints. Like actual public artists, students playing their prints on the field alongwere required to write and orally side the Texas Size Print Project. Our present their designs to a panel of student filmmaker and photographers professionals for approval. For most of created their own eight-minute docuthem it was their first time dressing mentary on the process and instalprofessionally and lation of their speaking publicly. The Texas Size Print Project prints. They premiered their film was made of thirty large collaborative at the Texas Size woodcut relief print sections Print exhibition at Printmaking put together to span the Valderas and I the Blue Star Lab. demonstrated, Through this size of a football field. facilitated, and led project, students students through the process of transbecame actual public artists and ferring their images onto 3 x 5' fiberprintmakers, an experience that board panels. Valderas taught them taught cooperation, collaboration, and accurate cutting techniques using the idea that anything is possible. power tools in the wood shop room at Kim Bishop is currently teaching art, the school. drawing, and AP art history at BrackenThanks to Holt Equipment and ridge High School in San Antonio, Texas. their donation of the steamroller and all of the Artpace San Antonio staff, my students carried out their own NaTioNal sTaNdard large-scale print event in the parking Students create multiple solutions lot of Artpace. Each group worked to specific visual arts problems that together as a team to stage, ink, print, demonstrate competence in producing effective relationships between strucand hang a total of twelve large, black tural choices and artistic functions. woodcut relief prints. A texas Size installation Students became a part of the public art event at Alamo Stadium by dis- Web liNk 19

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