First Mid Bank in Paris has honored Mayo Middle School with the task of remaking the mural displayed in their drive through area. After Miss Arp designed and completed the sketch, she drew it on the five 4x5ft plywood boards. Students begin painting the boards this week! They are so excited. Pictured above is the initial sketch - can't wait to see how it turns out!
The Art Abandonment Project was started by an artist who found himself unable to sell his work because he was so attached to his creations. He began “letting go” by leaving his precious pieces in random public places with a brief note. This inspired many more artists to join in on creating and abandoning, thus “Art Abandonment” was born (that’s the name of their Facebook page if you’d like to check it out). After discussing the principles of Art Abandonment, students were each given a paint stick on which they could create a positive image. Some included famous quotes, others made up their own quotes, and each student aimed to make theirs happy and colorful. They learned a lot about painting (like how difficult it is to paint small words, as opposed to writing them with a Sharpie) and I think they definitely grasped the concept because many of them were proud of their piece and mentioned they’d be jealous of whoever found it! They really enjoyed dispersing them around town. I'm very proud of their efforts and attitudes!
For these self portraits, students folded the paper in such a way that the top flap contained the top of their face and the bottom flap presented their chin and mask. When the paper was unfolded, it revealed a full self portrait with multiple adjectives that described each student.
The annual Student Art Show was a big success for Mayo this year! The exhibit was judged by Laura Mason from Terre Haute. She generously gave 10 awards to Mayo, including the Judge's Choice Award (3D) and the Best Overall School Display! Here is a list of students who received an award:
For the 2D Jr. High Category:
1st Place: Fermin Torres, 8th Grade, Mayo, "Self-Portrait"
2nd Place: Addyson Foltz, 7th Grade, Mayo, "Self-Portrait"
3rd Place: Madison Loveless, 8th Grade, Mayo, "Self-Portrait"
Honorable Mention: Hunter Goodwin, 6th Grade, Mayo, Untitled (Paper Cut Out)
Judge's Choice Award for 3D: Van Gogh Study: Painted Masks, Mayo
Carrie Watson, 8th Grade, "Cafe' Terrace at Night"
Grace Adams, 6th Grade, "Irises & The Starry Night"
Madison Loveless, 8th Grade, "Cypresses"
Isabella Sohaski, 8th Grade, "Sunflowers"
Taetum Noel, 6th Grade, "The Starry Night"
Please note that this is a framed grouping of 5 painted masks that the judge choose as a group to give the Judge's Choice Award to.
For the 3D Jr. High Category:
Honorable Mention: Arianna Malovski, 6th Grade, Mayo, "Seal", Clay
Best Overall School Display Award
I am incredibly proud of my students - they have worked tremendously hard this year. It's the first year that they've had a full-time art program. This means they give up a study hall each day so they can take Art. I even have two students featured in this show who are unable to take Art because they are in Band, so they come to After School Art once a week. They worked on their portraits at home so they could enter their pieces in this show.
As both a teacher and an artist, I am constantly inspired by my students creativity & talents, their consistent drive to learn, and their eager & colorful hearts.
Despite the current circumstances, Mayo Art Students are still creating - even from home! On the day before our "corona-cation" began, students assembled sketchbooks and were given two lists of drawing prompts. With the use of their imaginations and at-home materials, these kids have been arting and proving themselves to be even more awesome than I originally anticipated (:
Mr. Lowry's class drew inspiration from famous Russian artist, Wassily Kandinsky. We read the children's book, The Noisy Paint Box by Barb Rosenstock, which taught us about Kandinsky's childhood and how he struggled with being an artist in a "proper" family. As the founder of Abstract Art, Kandinsky's struggle was crucial to his success. We learned how he went against the conventional art styles at the time and had the courage to start something new. Art that didn't necessarily make sense, but made the viewer feel a certain way. We definitely felt the love as we made these "Squares with Concentric Hearts" just in time for Valentine's Day!
Top Left to Right: Kaylee Powell, Rob Kelly
Bottom Left to Right: Landen Cowger, Trinity Hughes
For this element, students learned and practiced the two kinds of texture that can occur in artwork: actual texture and implied texture. These projects included self portraits, which implemented both types of texture. For the next project, they created landscape paintings based off of a photograph of their choice. To begin these paintings, students sketched the landscape on canvas. Then, using plaster and palette knives, they created different textures for each part of the scene: water, mountains, grass, etc. Once the plaster had dried, students painted over it with acrylic paint. For the last texture project, students created a different kind of landscape through the art of collage. They made multiple layers of "land" via construction paper with bubble wrap stamps, watercolor paper with oil pastel resist, textured paper, wall paper, fabric, and more.
left to right: Isabella Sohaski (8), Carsen Tegler (6), Arianna Malovski (6), Addy Foltz (7)
Textured Landscape Paintings
left to right: Madison Loveless (8), Isabella Sohaski (8), Emma Shelkey (6), Isabella Henderson (7)
Textured Landscape Collages
detail shots below, left to right: Hunter Goodwin (6), Carrie Watson (8), Sydney Landsaw (6)
After School Art students have been very busy creating cat and dog themed images for a collaborative calendar project. Each student chose a month and designed an image for that month that included either a cat or a dog. The calendars were designed to raise money for the Paul Warner Animal Rescue Foundation. Their annual auction, which was originally scheduled for January 25th 2020, has unfortunately been delayed until further notice. However, calendars are available for order and purchase through Shutterfly.com at any time! Click the links below to order one today!
To learn more about the Paul Warner Animal Rescue Foundation, visit their Facebook page.
If you're feeling generous and would like to support the Mayo Art Program, you can find our Amazon Wish List by clicking the link below.
Every little bit helps! A hear-felt thanks in advance.