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 2015/2016 Shadows in the Arts

This program is a cooperative endeavor among teachers, artists and the Gifted and Talented Education Office, and Think 360 Arts for Learning and Colorado Creative Industries.  It is designed for community artists to work with a small group of students for a day at the Loveland Gallery Museum to introduce the student to the artist and his/her particular medium.  The students are considered on the basis of their genuine interest in the arts, artistic talents, maturity and an eagerness to be a part of this program. 
 
Exploring an Eco System under the Sea     Instructor: Karen Dobroth

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After a discussion about the eco system of life under the sea, including coral reefs and exotic fish, with visual examples, students created to the sounds of the ocean. They sketched a 12” X 18” line drawing of a seascape of ocean life, including coral and sea creatures. Drawings were taped onto a same size foil and transferred onto the foil using a wooden stylus, creating a low relief image. Once the image was complete, quick drying acrylic paint was applied over the surface and then rubbed off, leaving a rainbow of colors in the engraved part of the image. 

 

Simple Silhouette’s Say So Much       Instructor: Jennifer Ghormley

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“In this fun-filled, hands-on crash course workshop, participants learned to apply the advantages of screenprinting with hand-cut silhouette stencils.  Source imagery can come from drawings, photographs, nature, or other sources of inspiration. The emphasis was on technique, color, range of experimentation, and variety of creative expression possible with the media. In this non-toxic approach, we used a thin frosted mylar stencil material and water-based acrylic inks, with no chemicals or laborious equipment involved. Students gained the experience to become independent screenprinters, further exploring how to utilize this process for various applications.” 
 
 

Title of the Class: Down to the Pixel          Instructor: Robert Muller

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 The students learned about the importance of detail, through exercises that show scale and relativity to a pixel. Their learning outcomes were a greater understanding of Color Theory - Knowledge of complimentary color, and how color is built with pigment or with light. They also learned about Dimension: How a line of squares can look like a smooth diagonal line even though it’s constrained to a grid; Time: How time is cut into cells, scenes, and key frames when dealing with video and gaming production; Space: What is space and what is negative space? They will learn all of this through the Introduction to Animation techniques and the activity of “Creating their own pixel video game hero and Flip Book”, where they created a Hero, using materials provided, start a hero animation flip book on grid paper.
 
The Shadows in the Arts program takes place in fall for elementary and middle school students and February for high school students..
Questions? Contact your child's art teacher or Lauren Kearns, SITA Coordinator, lauren.kearns@thompsonschools.org.
 
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