For several months, Art House had a high school project hanging on our largest wall. Living with these works over an extended period led to comparing them to some of the others that had been part of the 2018 Urban Bright Exhibition.
Eight paintings focused on nature, technology, and augmenting human capacity. The students used various acrylic painting techniques and expressed their concepts visually by manipulating line, shape, and color. The students who worked together on the Flamingo Shoes made choices about flat and modulated color to activate the whole picture plane and convey their design idea for dress shoes with articulated heels that could become flats as needed.
Ohio Leaves is a print project inspired by Matisse. Fourth graders worked with stencils, repetition, shape, positive, and negative space. The classes spent a session working on a large collage comprised of each classmate’s prints. They incorporated movement, pattern, contrast, and similarity to create a cohesive image.
Taken is a middle school self-portrait project in which students added emotional content through color, shape, mark-making with text that functioned as image, line, and pattern.
These examples all have strong visual impact. Underlying their success is a skillful handling of abstraction—intuitive and purposeful.
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COMMUNITY CULTURE NIGHT WITH PETRA GRUBER, UNIVERSITY OF AKRON BIOMIMICRY PROFESSOR | 7–8:30PM FRIDAY, APRIL 26
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Cleveland, Ohio 44109
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