Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

Abandoned Art

Students partnered with Abby Bischoff, behind Abandoned South Dakota, to create artworks based on her photography. They studied her work and really enjoyed looking through her works to choose one to recreate in a new medium. When a new photograph showed up on instagram, I’d share it with them the next day. On their own time outside the classroom, many of them looked up her work online. They seemed to be very impressed with the number of ‘likes’ Abandoned SD has on Facebook!

Abby graciously joined the students for their gallery walk. Below are screenshots of her instagram posts, of her favorite artworks, based on technical skill and student interpretation of the work.

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Fine Arts Night: Social Commentary Art

The art students teamed up with choir and drama for the first ever Fine Arts Night this spring. I had struggled with spreading the word to the community to attend student art events downtown at the Design Center and the Museum of Visual Materials. I had come to the conclusion that in order for the art to be seen, the event needed to be in cooperation with another event already planning for an audience. Thankfully, my colleagues are great at collaborating so we began planning for the Fine Arts Night.

The art students studied social commentary art, the works and symbolism of Banksy and researched topics that are important to them. They created screen printed posters designed to bring awareness to a societal cause that concerns them, and research charities that provide resources toward these issues. Those who attended the event received a raffle ticket for $1 each and could place their ticket(s) in the bucket for the cause/artwork they liked the most. At the end of the night, students drew two names to give away their posters. The posters could also be purchased outright for $10. However many tickets a student had in their bucket at the end of the night equated to how many dollars they had earned for their charity. The students raised over $150 toward charities that night!

Some examples of charities students donated toward are as follows: The Wounded Warrior Project, Charity Water, Equality Now and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

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Personality Art

Students created artworks that were inspired by aspects of their personality, as well as other art (literature, music, etc.) They created two artworks, acrylic and watercolor. The Museum of Visual Materials chose several artworks to be on display in their gallery for a couple of months this spring.


Students were to paint a layer of acrylic each day, building up on the previous day’s work. The twist: students could use a paintbrush for just one day. It was fun to see them experiment with different techniques and tools with this restriction! Most students did not use a brush at all.

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Students were to use the watercolor medium to create artworks inspired by other art. Each group chose an art movement with which to incorporate into their art and a piece a written piece to inspire the theme. (Short story, book, poetry, quote, lyrics, etc.)

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Art REstoration

In partnering with the Habitat for Humanity REstore, students were tasked with creating artworks out of used items that we found in the restore. These items will be at the Art REstoration auction on Saturday, April 18 at Icon Lounge.

Below is a mailbox repurposed into a shark sculpture. Along the way through the project, students studied the art elements.


Screen printed posters for charity

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Students in art have studied social commentary artists (they focused on Banksy’s recent trip to NYC) and chosen topics that are meaningful to them. They’ve created posters using symbolism for their topic and screen printed 10 to have on display at the Museum of Visual Materials.

Some of the students’ social topics include: bullying, environmental issues, racism, drug abuse, and terrorism.

Artists will be at an opening reception on Monday, Dec. 9 from 4:30-6:00 to talk about their posters and social topics. Their posters will be for sale for $10 (all proceeds going toward their related charity). Please consider stopping by!

Below are some in-progress photos:

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