This week, we’ll have a collection of pieces from the Yearbook class. Everything – from the ideas, to the writing, to the pictures, was supplied by the staff. This was written by Jordan Dalton.
This month, students set out to get creative. “What’s the big deal?” you ask. “Why, that happens everyday.” And yes, you’d be correct. Creativity is one of our core values, after all. The big deal is this: particular creativity is coming from students stepping beyond their boundaries and exploring things they may have thought they never would.
It’s art, created by English and history classes.
Wes Priest’s sophomore great books class and Jake Thurman’s Middle Ages class set out to paint, sculpt, glue, and draw art related to their class’ subject matter. Mr. Priest assigned each student an art project based on a novel of their choice, with the variety of projects ranged from a decorated skateboard to a vengeful collage to a three dimensional paper maché map of Middle Earth. The students could choose any medium as long as their final project pertained to their books.
Mr. Thurman’s students approached their art a little differently, focusing on actual artists instead of authors. Students had the option to recreate a masterpiece by a renaissance artist. Some even added a “modern twist.” Artists included Botticelli, Da Vinci, Donatello, and Giotto. Projects were made with paint, wood, collages, and even through printmaking.
No matter the subject, it’s always good to unleash your inner artist. Even geometry, a math class, designed and decorated kites last year, proving University students can be creative in any condition.