Carl Gawboy and the Ojibwe Star Stories

© Annette Lee & William Wilson 20120813

South Ridge 7th grade students have been studying the Ojibwe and Greek star maps as they created their own Planetarium Umbrellas. They also created three new “personal” star constellations based in a creative writing lesson.

Students will retell Ojibwe Star stories as they have been shared with them by artist and historian Carl Gawboy at the public performance on May 3rd, 5 PM in the South Ridge school Forum.(MSAB Arts Learning grant with Frank Theatre)










VTS_03_1 Carl Gawboy Shingebis and the Wintermaker from SouthRidgeART on Vimeo.

VTS_02_1 The Great Flood from SouthRidgeART on Vimeo.

VTS_04_1 Carl Gawboy Fisher Saves the Birds from Skyland from Media Art on Vimeo.

Printmaking, Digital Arts and Graphic Design Students Visit Local Businesses


Two local businesses welcomed South Ridge art students to participate in real life work for artists.

Community Printing in Cloquet taught students how to print a three color design on a T-shirt (designed by our own Marriah J..!!) Students were able to position the shirt, flood and pull the ink across the silkscreen – printing the shirt. The bee art was created in Printmaking class last Fall. We studied the Bee Colony Collapse Disorder and created images of the various bees in MN that are affected by this disorder. The study (and ultimately prints and T-shirts) bring public awareness to the serious issue of bee population decline.

MakerSpace in Duluth is a cooperative work space for those interested in learning how to use a variety of tools as well as learning new skills. From CNC cutters to 3D printers, industrial sewing machines and lapidary skills, local crafts people and artists are working together to provide a collective space to work.

Thanks to Target for their generous support of the South Ridge School through their Field Trip grant.

MSAB Art Learning grant Fall/Winter performance 2016

Great performance by South Ridge 3-4th graders and 7th grade!! Special thanks to MSAB, NEA, Legacy Amendment, Northland Foundation, Essentia Health, ISD 2142 American Indian Student Services and the Northland Learning Center.

Minnesota State Arts Board arts Learning grant with Frank Theatre at South Ridge School – Fall/Winter 2016 from Carolyn Olson on Vimeo.

8th Grade Art Students to Twin Cities

imageGreat day in Twin Cities with 8th grade Art students on October 7th. Students attended a performance at the Ordway Theatre with Martha Redbone, spent time looking through “Brick X Brick” exhibition at the Minnesota American Art Museum, toured and drew flora in the Como Conservatory ending the day at the Minneapolis Institute of Art where students drew master pieces like Van Gogh’s “Olive Trees” and Prince’s clothing. Students participated in activities throughout the day. Special thanks to all the parents who chaperoned and helped out with snacks and care. We all had a wonderful day.

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Additional support from Rotary #25, the Ordway Theatre, NEA, Legacy Ammendment, and tremendous parental support.

GSA and Art Club at Community Printing

image1image2Art Club and GSA visited Community Printing in Cloquet. They learned how to silkscreen a two color T-shirt – one screen was black and the second a rainbow! Silkscreen in taught in South Ridge’s Printmaking class. It is an interesting process for reproducing art on T-shirts, posters, etc. Community Printing prints all sorts of textiles as well as off-set, blue prints, and large format prints.

GSA hopes to sell the T-shirts to assist them in attending the Minnesota LGBTQIA and Ally Choir concert in Duluth and meet with other GSA  groups on Transgender Day of Remembrance. If interested in purchasing a shirt ($15 each) see Ms. Olson.

Public Art at South Ridge

South Ridge Art students created two new works of public art to enrich our life at South Ridge School. 2016 Seniors Krystal Karppinen, Mallory Thibault, Reid Clark, Lindsey Weme and Spencer Stroschein all added their ideas in creating two public art works. The first is the large sign out in the football/baseball ball park. The sign is beautifully painted and includes the panther claw marks.

The second work is on the windows near “The Jungle” Credit Union. After researching the theme, taking into consideration input from the client, students designed and painted the windows in an effort to make the Credit Union more inviting and private. Their proposal was approved by the Credit Union Manager, South Ridge administration, maintenance and a number of senior art students.

Creating public art enriches the community and reflects who we are to our community at large. It is a wonderful opportunity.0197fe13fac904d5a4de0e4fbe87229833e51cb17f

Minnesota State Arts Board Awards Arts Learning grant to South Ridge School

We are thrilled to have again received the MSAB Arts learning grant for 2016-2017. This grant provides funding to support for programming in the 3-4th gra classrooms, afterschoolSTEAM (3-7th) and 7th grade art class. Students retell traditional stories through theatre. Writing activities and theatre games provide skills towards a successful theatre production. Additional support is provided through the National Endowment for the Arts, the Legacy Fund of Minnesota, American Indian Student Services and the Northland Learning Center. Additional support is still needed.

It is a wonderful experience to work with other students and staff in a creative effort such as this. If your child is in these grades please watch for information coming home early in the Fall on how your child can participate.IMG_0004 IMG_0005 IMG_1568