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September 2017

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SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 23 community about our art program? I started to think about which class would be able to carry on the creative task of producing paintings of pastries. I knew that I wanted my students to stretch and prep their own canvases. I also knew that I wanted them to pro - duce realistic pastries using oil paint. This year, I presented the idea to my Drawing/Painting I class. They loved it! I stated that the paintings they create would be part of a series on exhibit at the Johnston Bakery in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, for the public to see. This excited them even more. Thiebaud and the Still Life The following day, we had a discus- sion about the works of Wayne Thie- baud. I asked students, "What makes his works unique and inviting?" and "How do his paintings convey a sense of having a sweet tooth?" Students had to determine what size canvas they wanted to work with. Once their canvases were prepped for painting, I instructed them to select one to two pastries for their still life. They were to explore different com- positions and perspectives with their sketches. The only requirement was Assessment Criteria Standards applied in this lesson: • Engage in constructive critique with peers. • Reflect on, re-engage, revise, and refine works of art and design in response to personal artistic vision. • Evaluate the effectiveness of an image or images to influence ideas, feelings, and behaviors of specific audiences. to draw from real life. Smartphones were allowed only as long as they used the images as a backup. Pastry Delights What surprised me about this project was the size of canvases students chose, 8 x 8" (20 x 20 cm). It felt as if smaller was a better choice, which it was. The size gave their paintings an intimate feel. Their technical skill and ability to use value, contrast, and details effectively were impressive. The finished paintings became part of a growing series in collaboration with Johnston Bakery called Pastry Delights; additional paintings from my new classes are displayed regularly. Express and Advocate What I enjoyed most about this project was the freedom students were given to express themselves through the use of color. The result was a nice balance between representational imagery and a nontraditional approach to color. Once the work was on display at the bakery, my students and I met there before school one day to sip How can we transform a common object into a thing of beaut ? coffee, eat donuts, and have a discus- sion about our paintings on display. Having the art publicly displayed enhances student pride and advocates for our art program. Frank Juarez is the art department chair at Sheboygan North High School in She- boygan, Wisconsin, a contributing editor for SchoolArts, and co-editor of this issue of SchoolArts magazine. fjuarez@ sasd.net N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Presenting: Interpreting and sharing artistic work. W E B L I N K www.smithsonianmag.com/arts- culture/wayne-thiebaud-is-not-a-pop- artist-57060/ Above: Paintings in progress. Below: Jessika Mata.

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