AVID students at Field started the year with a research project looking back at the history of our school pairing with Hale in 1971. Students took a deep look at our dark past in this city and neighborhood and learned about racial discrimination in housing, lending and dwelling laws and practices. They learned about redlining, the practice of dividing a city by color and poverty and dictating where white and black people were allowed to live. Students researched protest and civil rights actions before, during and after the pairing.
Art students were tasked with learning about the history of our neighborhood, community and schools. They have spent weeks designing tiles that will be a part of a permanent mural that illustrates the history. Our mural will be made of ceramic relief tiles. Students are able to use words and images to convey their part of our story. Here are some images from our work so far.
The 5th and 6th graders made these feathers in a response and support for the Kindness Day that we had in January. Each student painted a feather and wrote words of kindness or positivity on the feather. Together they will make beautiful wings of kindness. The wings are going up outside the restrooms in the hall that leads to the cafeteria. Students (and teachers) can be photographed in front of the wings in that location.
To celebrate Black History Month, 5th and 6th grade students have been creating artwork by using only words as their subject. Students chose an inspiring quote from an African American from the present or past and are using their lettering skills to present the words in a powerful presentation.
We've been working hard on learning to sew. Threading needles and knot tying are skills that we are not born with. Your kid can now sew on a button! Many students have been challenging themselves to learn some embroidery stitches and are finding creative ways to combine fabric, buttons, and other stuff to make these amazing Stuffed Monsters!
these are some examples of our famous assemblage sculpture. We were lucky enough to have an amazing volunteer, Bob Gwinn, come in to help us for 4 weeks. Students got to use hammers, drills, screw drivers, saws and a drill press to cut wood and create these wild and wacky sculptures.
These are few of our point of view drawings. Students were asked to draw from life, well toy animals and cars at least. They created a narrative where 2 or more characters would meet and do something together. Students were encouraged to change the scale of the animals--the giant part of this-- and to use one of the point of view ideas that we studied, close up, far away, birds eye or worms eye, or a combo of two or three of those.
We started out with this simple two day project to get started thinking in 360 degrees. Students were asked to sculpt a figure in human proportion -easier said than done AND in an action that breaks multiple planes. These sculptures are hanging in the art room right now and students can choose to integrate these into their assemblage sculptures if they want.
We've worked hard on these for the last two weeks. Students are finishing the day before T-Giving break so that they can dry and be ready to fire in the kiln. The reason we call them Taco Fish? Because we started with a flat circle template and cut out a tortilla sized circle. We then folded them into "tacos" and then transformed them into fish. As the fish dry and get fired and then get colored glaze we will continue to update photos.
We will be working on color theory concepts throughout the year. These paintings are exploring how complementary colors may be used to show high contrast and really make things POP! Students are excited to explore optical illusions that use color and we even took a color blindness test!
7th and 8th grade students have a new learning target, I can create a series of atmospheric landscapes using a variety of two-dimensional mixed media materials. We started this unit with a paper collage landscape to think clearly about foreground, middle ground and background. Now we are creating a watercolor study to practice gradation. Atmospheric landscape doesn't use perspective, but instead employs tricks with color, value, detail and proximity to show depth or distance.