Hotchkiss High School (HHS) offered College Art Appreciation Class for the first time this year. By all accounts, it's been a tremendous success.
"We recently finished an installation," HHS senior Kimberlyn Wellman said. "An installation is an art project for a specific place. We called it 'Clear View: An Insight into High School Life.'"
The art pieces were placed in the commons and outside classrooms for one day. Then the pieces were moved to the school's library.
Art teacher Jamie Roeber introduced the project to her students in College Art Appreciation. "It was to get students more engaged in the art appreciation process so they could understand what goes into making a piece of art," Roeber said. "For the installation they actually had to come up with what their theme was, where they wanted to do it, if they wanted to do an outdoor piece or an indoor piece, and what the meaning and purpose were behind the piece."
Her entire art class had to work together.
"We started out by deciding what we were going to do," senior Reed Hubbell said. "We had the choice of an earth work or an installation. We came up with several ideas."
The art appreciation students chose the installation over creating a rock garden heading up to the football field. Members of the class were Reed Hubbell, Kimberlyn Wellman, Jordan Belew, Joseph Lyman, Tell Hawk, Sarah Barrett, Brandy Dutton, David Murry, Vikash Hypio and Dylan Hill.
"We felt with the time frame we had, the installation would be easier to accomplish," Hubbell said. "So we went with the Clear View idea."
It's called Clear View because students were wrapped shoulders to ankles in clear packing tape. Students are shown doing everyday activities such as playing chess, eating cookies, two love birds are giving Christmas gifts to each other, Anatomy Girl came with veins and a calculator man proved to be so coveted one teacher abducted it from another teacher.
According to Roeber, the teachers were adamant about wanting the sculptures to stay with them.
The art students wanted to have 12 bodies, but they ended up with eight. Creating the bodies was tape consuming and time consuming, Hubbell said.
"Students took it to a whole new level which was just awesome," Roeber said. "It was because of them that it turned out so amazing. They started dreaming and it came to life."
Many of the students showed a lot of commitment by working on the art project after their other extracurricular activities.blog comments powered by Disqus