Monday, May 21, 2012

Stained Glass Windows in our Commons, with Artists in the Schools

Artitsts in the Schools is an Alaska State Council for the Arts program run by the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council. The AIS program in Alaska is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Alaska Stare Council on the Arts, the Rasmuson Foundation, The Juneau School District, and the Juenau Arts and Humanities Council. Juneau artist Sara Conarro worked with our Painting and Mixed Media classes to produce a backdrop like a stained-glass window in our commons area! The TMHS music and drama programs performed before this backdrop for the first time Friday, April 27th, at 4PM.

Students were challenged with the idea of combining three distict styles of art to represent the 3 disitinct styles of music in the upcoming performance: 
~ Traditional Tlingit to represent the traditional Tlingit story behind the performance
~ Art Deco -  a highly stylized system of powerful lines, geometric shapes, and patterns from the 1920s and 30s, when American Jazz was becoming world popular
~ Graffitti-inspired urban art to represent the body percussion performance pieces

After illustrating a few ideas in small scale and discussing them as a class, we began sketching them out in 1:1 scale as cartoons on rolls of newsprint. As the designs took form, we hung them over the windows and began tracing them.

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