The Final Unification Process
Unity had to be addressed once again
after the numbers were mounted on
poster board. However, each student
had to address different design and
unity issues based on their individual
backgrounds. Students examined their
artwork for unifying elements such as
lines, patterns, colors, and textures.
They repeated these elements by using
various media, including permanent
markers, oil pastels, acrylic paint, and
watercolor until the entire collage
worked together as a whole.
Top: I Lost My Number . . . Can I Have Yours? Katie Schneider, grade eleven.
Bottom: 1, 2, 3, David Shonk, grade eleven.
They were able to choose their materials and make personal decisions.
Students loved the choice factor and
the individuality that emerged in their
artwork. Artworks were unique and,
for the first time, I felt my students
not only embraced the challenge of
working with mixed media, but they
also successfully tackled the project
through individual avenues.
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.
The Wow Factor
The most amazing part of this project
was the independent decision-making
I observed as students addressed the
specific needs of their own artwork.
Michelle Surrena is an art educator at
Stow-Munroe Falls High School in Stow,