This week’s Feature-A-Teacher is our Fine Arts Department Chair and art teacher Shannon Murray. We are highlighting a recent project her students completed based on Christoph Niemann’s “Sunday Sketches” in the New Yorker. You can view his work by clicking here.
We asked Mrs. Murray a few questions-
What class was this project for? Was this an assignment or did the girls decide to do this on their own?
This project was done in Drawing & Painting I. There is a mixture of grade levels in the class. This project was assigned by me. It was their opening activity for the class to help them to begin thinking in a more conceptual manner and also allow for them to get to decide what medium(s) they would be using based on their concept. Most of these students have only previously taken Art Foundations, which outlines a lot of technique and introduction into materials. This project is intended to help them begin to establish their personal aesthetic while still following the guidelines outlined in the rubric.
Was this the first year you have used this artist as inspiration in your teaching?
This is the first year we are using Christoph Neimann as inspiration. We did this project first semester and students used found objects from outside. Since the weather doesn’t allow for this second semester, I curated a variety of objects that interesting form and textures.
Will these works of art be on display at the Fine Arts Showcase?
Yes! Come see them in person, we have photographed all of them and they are printed in a larger format.
Any feedback you can share from either your perspective on this work?
I was so surprised and excited by the variety of styles that the students utilized during this project. They really did their best to understand how to include their found object into a composition while still challenging their technical skills. I felt like each student found personal success and I was also excited by enthusiastic they were about this project. It is difficult with a lot of possible solutions, so they had to really work the creative process and troubleshoot along the way.
The Fine Arts Showcase will be on Friday, March 23 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and admission is free!
You can view all of the girls’ art by clicking through the slideshow below.