The SKSS Visual Arts Department believes that the quality of a student’s life is uniquely enriched in essential ways by the development of skills and values learned in the creation of artworks. Visual arts encourage the students to function on multiple intellectual, analytical, thoughtful and expressive levels.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Genius Hour in the Art Room

We are all made of star stuff.” - Carl Sagan

For this project, art students were given the opportunity to study something they were personally interested in. As they researched their topics, they recorded thoughts and information on their blog sites. In the end, they translated their learning into a personally meaningful artwork. Artworks could be any form, size or medium.

One student studied Marine Biology, then used seeds and beans to recreate that underwater environment. I wonder what type of sea creature is just about to enter this frame...

- Tamaira, Grade11

If you were going to make a wire sculpture, how would you do it? What tools would you need? Notice the overlapping nature of the cat sculpture and the unique addition of the marble eyes?

Jen, Grade 9

What do Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick Jr, and Nat King Cole have in common? This artwork  celebrates their contributions to the music world and their shared passion for Jazz.

Ryley, Grade 9

Judging people by their gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or social status are all forms of prejudice. Notice how these students demonstrate that we are all the same!

Hanna and Nicole, Grade 9

What kind of dreams do you have at night? This student chose to look at brain function and dreams. See how she connected the brain scan within a dream catcher in her artwork.

Rachel, Grade 9

Can you identify how this artist chose to represents eating disorders? Look for the tiny red heart inside. Imagine how you might feel if you suffered from Anorexia or Bulimia?

Julia, Grade 9

Can you imagine spending all of your art classes in the Science room? Well that's just what two students did for this project. Bunsen burners, glass and a lot of determination made this sculpture a success!

Alyssa and Hailey, Grade 9

Hypnotism – what do you know about it? How are hypnotists helping people overcome issues in their life so they can lead happier lives?

Gwen and Julia, Grade 9

Can you image being a cartoon artist? What skills would you need to have? Where would you go to school? What types of characters or messages would you include in your comics?

Brittany, Grade 11

Some reports suggest that 1 in 10 people struggle with depression! Take a close look at the details and mixed media in this  canvas painting with the figure being controlled by depression. Read the inner dialogue revealed on this very powerful painting!

Alyssa, Grade 9

What could you accomplish if you had the time and resources to commit to finding your passions? Voicing your concerns? Sharing your big ideas?  

Nina Cottam, Rotary Exchange Student, demonstrates painting skill, and her passion for freedom of rights in her painting of Nelson Mandala. Notice she has also included the visionary words of social rights activist, Desmond Tutu.

Can you use you personal strengths to share your skills, knowledge, or big ideas with the world? You don't need to be an artist. You just need to be confident enough to follow your heart!

 (above) Using spray paint and the addition of beads as stars, Kiana, Grade 11 connected with the famous astronomer, Carl Sagan and his quote, “We are all made of star stuff.”