Wednesday, June 13, 2012

End of the Year, 2012

Once again, the end of the year has arrived.  While tomorrow is the students' last day, today the halls are nearly empty.  I am proud of each of my students accomplishments, but most especially of those who graduated last night and are beginning the journey to adulthood.  Our students received a total sum of college scholarships and grants in excess of $1.5 million, and several of our young people are headed to the armed forces.  I could not be more proud of their successes, and I was honored to have been part of the process.

Congratulations to everyone for another great year!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Symbolic Mixed Media

Students discussed symbolism in art and literature, and how to represent a complex idea visually.  We discussed the theme "life" and what it meant to each student individually.  Students then took their concept and chose an object to represent it, developing their piece using mixed media of their choice. 

Here one student utilized the spider web as dream catcher, as a spider can place the web deliberately in a space, but then elements of luck determine what lands in the web.

Here another student developed the idea of weathering the storm / the unavoidable, and using cut paper, cardboard, and paint created a symbolic tornado.  The student incorporated glitter to remind the viewer of the silver lining, and the benefits of hardships.  

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