Students worked with recycled books to create sculptures. They chose to work with paint, clay, modeling paste, toothpicks, popsicle sticks, yarn and more...
Our mural wall has served as a unique platform for our artists. We usually have new 2-3 murals each school year.
Our first mural this year was completed by Luiza Landrau (sophomore). Luiza LOVES The Beatles and used their Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover as her inspiration. She used a palette knife for much of the color application and included lots of original detail.
Our second mural was our "Elephant In The Room," an annual project completed by many different students. Students in all four grades, in both A Week and B Week, had the opportunity to make their mark on the wall. The term "the elephant in the room" describes obvious or heavy problems that people avoid talking about. So what do we do? PAINT THEM ON THE WALL! This year, we saw topics such as drug addiction, global warming, sexual abuse, women empowerment, immigration, self imagery, depression/anxiety, sweatshops, gun control and animal adoption.
Mural 1: By Luiza Landrau
Mural 2: By many art students
Assabet's Art Department is pleased to announce our rotating exhibit of student artwork located at the Coffee Loft in Marlborough, MA. Every two weeks, new student work is selected to go on display at this local small business. It presents an exciting opportunity for young artists to put their work out into the world. Students have had positive reviews on going to see their art in person!
Go check it out at the Coffee Loft. 406 Lincoln St, Marlborough, MA 01752
Advanced Art students had an inspiring visitor this week! Timothy Johnson, also known as SOMA79, spoke to students about his pathway to being a successful artist, how he developed his artistic style and what his creative process looks like. SOMA79 is a local artist who recently had a pop up art show in Hudson, MA. His work is influenced by comic book styles, graffiti and music. SOMA79 is also known for completing a portrait a day for 365 days. Students gained some honest insight on being an artist in the real world.
You can learn more about the artist at www.soma79.com.
Juniors in Advanced Art and three Seniors in Independent Study are currently exhibiting their artwork within the surrounding community! You can find student work at the Hudson Public Library, as well as at the Coffee Loft in Marlborough. The assignment was open content with an emphasis on public display in the community. Students started off by completing 4-5 sketches each day before finalizing their ideas. They met with Ms. Gaide individually to explain their piece and what materials they would use to bring it to life. This assignment has led to the opportunity of a rotating art display at the Coffee Loft.
19 Juniors in an Art Techniques course have been assigned a 4th grader from the Freeman-Kennedy School in Norfolk, MA as their "Art Pal." We sent hand written letters introducing ourselves and cannot wait to receive letters in return. Assabet art students will create a work of art based on their Pal's hobbies or interests after reading their letters. We are excited to see how long we will be writing to our Pals!
The bicycle is notorious for being challenging to draw. It is also a tradition for high school students applying to the Rhode Island School of Design to successfully draw a bike as a part of their portfolio submission. In our own Art Techniques courses for Freshmen and Juniors, students took part in drawing a bike from memory. They were surprised at how challenging it was to remember all parts of a bike. Afterwards, a bicycle was rolled out to the middle of the classroom and they compared their drawings to the real thing. Students then took part in viewing the bike from observation and tried drawing it again. We sectioned off each piece of paper to create unique viewpoints of bike details. Students used pencil or charcoal. Here is the outcome!
We all know how much students love their cell phones and we all know their obsession with taking selfies! A recent art project finally embraced the use of cell phones and selfies. Students learned about the history of Pablo Picasso and viewed his works, particularly during his Cubist period, to create their own "Shattered Selfie." Students designed their composition using a variety of materials, such as acrylic paint, colored pencils and metallic sharpies. They then used multiple photographs of themselves in order to assemble fractured collage pieces. Student personalities were apparent in their work. Check out the results!
Every year, students take part in an "Elephant in the Room" classroom mural. The mural is used to explore a variety of topics that are not often discussed yet remain prevalent. Topics often include drug addiction, peer pressure, bullying, social media appearances, stereotypes, global warming, relationship abuse and more. The students have done a great job bringing awareness to such difficult subjects.