Student work on long-term projects was submitted in the following categories: drawing, painting, sculpture, architecture, fashion design, illustration, photography, numismatic design. They could work individually or in teams, and they were judged in the categories of elementary, middle, and high school. Each piece was displayed with a portfolio showing their research, planning, and thought process. The content and presentation of the portfolio was part of the judging, which was based on a rubric. Some of these were absolutely amazing!
I helped judge the photography category, which I ironically did not photograph when I took the rest of these pictures. Due to timing, I don't have photos from the drawing, painting, and illustration categories either, and really only got a chance to glance at them, since I was there primarily to serve as a judge and that kept me busy!
The students also had to complete a spontaneous project on-site, and these were also adjudicated. The scores were added together with the long-term project scores for their total.
Above and below are several samples from the sculpture category. The challenge was to re-design the classic lighthouse and re-create it as a monumental sculpture that will serve as a coastal beacon or a beacon of light in the darkness. I've tried to include things in the photo to indicate the monumental size of these sculptural pieces. This mushroom beacon below is structured from pieces of broken mirror. Very cool!
The lighthouse below was an homage to Sandy Hook. There are 26 'robots' hidden throughout the lighthouse, representing the children whose lives were taken in this tragedy.
And of course I needed to photograph this dragon lighthouse for you!
Again, I didn't read the accompanying literature, but this monumental piece really impressed me.
And now for a few sample from the architecture category, with the theme 'a conceptual skyscraper'. These pieces were all amazing!
I think this one below is a hospital.
The Primary Place - a school, I presume? Don't you love the Mondrian theme? I think I see another waterfall on the floor next to the sign.
An elementary team created this adorable Seuss-a-Scraper!
Fashion designers had to design an outfit for themselves and their 'pet', based on an artist, art period, or art movement and created entirely from paper. Inspirations below were Starry Night, Impressionism, and Klimt.
Numismatic designs below were currency based on American artists.
The photos below, all shot with my iPad, aren't great, but I love the homage to Judy Chicago's Dinner Party in this piece's presentation.
Here's a couple of close-ups:
The photography category assignment (which I judged) was to tell a visual story with a moral ending, using no more than 12 photos. The presentations were unique - from displayed on stacked boxes, to a spinning star, to a 2-sided display with two separate endings, and more, many were sculptural pieces above and beyond the photographic storytelling. Very impressive!
In a time when education seems to be all about testing and assessment, this day showcased real learning. The kids had to solve problems that did not have one specific answer; in order to do this they had to do research, brainstorm, storyboard, test ideas, figure out how to manipulate materials, and document their process. The creativity and uniqueness of solutions were impressive, and I'm convinced that they did a lot more learning than if they were just preparing to fill in bubbles on a test. We need to protect and preserve arts education! Nobody does this as well as we do!