MS: Stereotype Bobbleheads

Students in the Fall Middle School elective class finished their semester of exploring their own identities and their communities by creating self-portrait bobbleheads. The bobbleheads were constructed with Model Magic, wire, and acrylic paint.

Each student’s task was to address a stereotype they face through the creation of their bobblehead. Each bobblehead was later combined with text and additional visuals to debunk this stereotype. This project got students talking about why stereotypes exist and how each member of a community can affect change, particularly through artmaking and visual literacy.

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“I wear glasses and can still be a hero.”
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“Girls can be strong too.”
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“I can be messy and still get good grades.”
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“Nobody can be perfect.”
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“Just because I have good grades, doesn’t mean I don’t have a life.”
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“I’m a girl and play sports.”
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“I’m thin – society says I have to be a model.”
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6A: Chalk Installation

To complete our unit on community, students collaborated to create an art installation.

Students learned about pixels, optical color mixing, and artmaking through grids. Inspired by artists such as Chuck Close, students had to choose an image representative of the community that would be viewing it. Then, students were led through the process of grid creation.

It is through this grid and collaboration that we were able to perform a temporary art installation for the school community from chalk.

How amazing it was to see the hard work of each student! Next to the piece, it is nearly impossible to see what the image contains. From above, however, we were able to cheer and high-five over our beautiful accomplishment!

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Art & Ideas: Final Exhibition

Students in the Art & Ideas elective worked to generate individual bodies of work that fulfilled the following requirements: they needed to learn a new skill, perform research, add meaning, and execute their ideas. The final products of their hard work and creativity was put into a final exhibition on Thursday, December 8th.

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6th: Community Printmaking

6th graders have been challenged to create self portraits in various formats throughout the semester. Most recently, students learned about the processes of printmaking through the creation of a styrofoam printing plate.

While we have been talking about symbolism in art for the entire semester, we discussed how the items we own say something about who we are as a person. Students were asked to think critically while shown a variety of pictures of bedrooms: based on what is in the bedrooms, what can we infer about the person who inhabits it?

With these considerations in mind, students were to choose an object from their own bedrooms to represent some aspect of their personality. This object was then reduced to a simple line sketch and translated into the printing plate.

Each student had to generate a series of 4 differently colored prints from this plate.

Finally, students had to collaborate in the creation of one large print that incorporated all of their individual objects. From the portraits of each student, we were able to generate a portrait of their entire classroom community.

 

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5B: Texture Hunt!

Congratulations to the students in 5th B who have worked hard to earn their art party! This group of students voted to have an art activity outside as a reward.

At the beginning of class and in the classroom, students learned about textures and how to perform a successful texture rubbing. Then, we went outside as a class and explored the campus; we were on a texture hunt!

Students were encouraged to layer textures and colors to add visual interest to their compositions.

 

Community Watercolor Weavings

Students in the 4th and 5th grades were asked, “how can colors be used to say something about yourself?” In response, students created two paintings while reflecting on their color choices and how those choices can say something about who they are.

Students were then able to choose between their two paintings, keeping their favorite one to use as the base for their weaving. The other was cut into strips then shared with each other student in the class.

These weavings, while combining the artistic talents of every student, create colorful portraits of the classroom communities as a whole.

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Art & Ideas

Art & Ideas is a brand-new elective this year and focuses on student’s ability to find problems and then solve them using art and design. Instead of just making art, how can each student learn to think like artists?

Our first class was a problem solving activity with the following requirement:

Create a table that can hold a 20lb box of art supplies. The catch? Each student only has 30 minutes, a stack of newspapers, a small piece of cardboard and a strip of tape.

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