Welcome to the Springfield Township High School Art Blog. The purpose of this forum is to inspire discourse surrounding your artistic experiences while building writing skills, exercising your art vocabulary, and refining descriptive language relating to art. In your writing, you may choose to discuss museum and gallery exhibitions, publications, articles, professional works, student works, or responses to each other’s ideas and investigations. Additionally, participants may want to pose questions or react to artistic predicaments, sharing the trials, frustrations, solutions, or the general excitement we feel when we make or look at art.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

If I Had a Nickel...

For every student that demonstrated artistic potential, I would like to thank you for all the virtual coinage.

My students have produced a wealth of creative answers to the problems over the years.  Yet, most of those students go off in search of other goals.  They never forget the energy, excitement, and (sometimes) tears these work generated, but I often wonder if the artwork they did in high school is the last they will do.  

As a teacher it was never my goal to convert students into artists.  My goal was always to give students the best overview of visual art possible, integrating instructions in observation, design, techniques, history, culture, and creativity.  As a result, [surprising the heck out of me] some students who had no intention of doing art eventually chose it as a career path!  Others, who chose to go directly to art school, later moved on to other careers.  I couldn't be happier for all their choices.  But my point is their ability to experience, experiment, research, practice, and produce, whether intuitive or learned, is part of their being. All told, the students produced some pretty nice work over the years that competes with the best in the country.

The few works I've chosen to post represent examples of strong artistic thinking- real out of the box stuff.  Inventive work that doesn't look like cookie cutter art projects. They are uniquely original.  These students combined compositional skills they learned, with materials and techniques experienced at other points in their education.  Some skills may have been harvested from field experiences, music videos, or science class, but each put their own personal twist into the piece.  Something to make theirs different from others in the class.

These particular former students have also chosen other (probably more lucrative) paths.  I have a thousand similar examples.