Shadows in the Arts is a simple concept, yet very impactful on its participants. Students are exposed to different art mediums and local, professional artists in a workshop setting, allowing them a taste of the life of an artist.
Because the age differences were distinct, each group learned different aspects of the process of creativity within the specific medium; yet, visual arts learning standards are embedded throughout each experience. Each age group was invited based on their individual create talents, by their art teacher. The nominated students were chosen based on their creative problem solving skills, creative thinking, and ability to work independently.
Elementary students created an embossed foil picture, to the sounds of the ocean. Once the image was completed, quick drying acrylic paint is applied over the surface and then rubbed off, leaving a rainbow of colors in the engraved part of the image. These students learned about the ocean life along with the skills of drawing. While drawing, they learned hand/eye coordination, the process of creating a composition, intention, planning, the creative discovery process, decision making and use of color in a composition, creative problem solving and increased awareness of the environment.
The high school students were introduced to the essential aspect of creating on a computer, using the pixel. They used creative problem solving, drawing, decision making, compositional, and technical skills in creating with a pixel. They learned about color theory, space, time, and animation. One of the goals was also to introduce these chosen students to possible careers that are available using the computer, and how to create on the computer. The students learned about the importance of detail, through exercises that show scale and relativity to a pixel. Their learning outcomes will be a greater understanding of Color Theory - Knowledge of complementary color, and how color is built with pigment or with light.
Middle school students learned about a process of screenprinting that has been used since 960-1279 and introduced to Europe in the late 1700’s. They learned the history of screenprinting, how to create a screen for printing, and how to create a composition using stencils that they drew and cut. They learned to use decision making, problem solving, creative expression, and composition skills. While the color palette was limited, they also learned about using color for expression and composition.
In summary, all of these workshops were successful in teaching a few common goals. Students worked independently while receiving guidance and reassurance to increase their confidence in the creative process. This experience is unique in that students work with students across the district which builds their social skills in working in groups of new people.