South Ridge High School Printmaking and Painting students create collages for 122 Conversations which will culminate in 2018 at the Tweed Museum of Art – University of Minnesota in Duluth, MN. The final display will include the contributions of exhibition visitors in the five sister cities. The participatory element is an important part of the project, for it enables citizens to “validate” Labovitz’s impressions of their community as represented in the exhibited paintings. Individuals are invited to their own images and paper in an act of sharing and create an image or message. The individual collages will be collected into a book for each community, forming a community art piece. These books, along with the traveling exhibition bags, will be archived at the Tweed Museum.
October 6, 2018 | 1-3 pm | Family Day
October 14, 2018 |1-3:30 pm | Art Teachers Workshop & Reception
October 25, 2018 | 6 – 8:30 pm | 122 Conversations: Person to Person, Art Beyond Borders Public Opening Reception, (special guests, Anne Labovitz, Mayor Emily Larson, DSCI delegate, Koresh Lakhan) The UMD MAAD LAB will offer Live Streaming with some sister cities!
November 10, 2018 | 1:30 – 2:30 | Gallery talk with Anne Labovitz
South Ridge art students are also participating. Create a visual representation of what peace in your community looks like. Using a 10″ square and materials provided create a work of art to be submitted to the 122 conversations exhibition. Collages will also be used to develop compositions for a self-portrait etching and painting in class.
South Ridge School participated in this year’s Region 7A MSHSL Art Contest which was held at the new Moose Lake School on April 3rd. Nearly 120 entires were submitted region wide with 12 categories. South Ridge students were awarded two “Best of Show” – A Johnson, “Neon Clown”, Digital Art and C Dufton, “Butterfly Barrette”, Craft. A Johnson, “Neon Clown”, also was awarded our only Excellent rating receiving 20/20 points. C Dufton, “Butterfly Barrette”; “G Gundy, Succulent Sculpture”; K Graves “Diamond Bee,Printmaking; I Dean, “Portrait, Digital Art; and A Johnson”Succulent Bowl” all received Superior Ratings.
Student from through the arrowhead region were able to spend time together painting on a mural (to be installed at the Moose Lake school), drawing henna designs on to their arms and hands, ordering (and watching) a silk screened Tshirt made for them, throw clay on the wheel or enjoy drawing with friends. Great work everyone! We had a wonderful time!
HS Sculpture students worked with guest artists, Juanita Blackhawk and Kim Bollig, to create a piece of quill work. Porcupine quills were sorted by dismeter (not length). Then each quill was warmed in water and attached to birch bark using an awl and tweezers. Designs were chosen to go on either earrings, medallions, pins or barrettes.
Special thank to ISD 2142 American Indian Student Services – JOM parents, South Ridge Art Club and Essentia Health for the their support.
South Ridge High School students were invited to show with Duluth elementary and high school public school art students and their teachers at Pizza Luce’ from December 2017 thru January 2018. Art specialist, Kelli Dupre’ curated the exhibition. “Closing” is Wednesday January 3, 2018 from 7-9 pm.
Historically public art, whether murals or mosaics, empowers folks. Often public art is the voice piece for those often unheard. South Ridge 8th grade created hand painted tiles for this 30′ long mosaic mural of the Ojibwe word giminaadimaadizikenin meaning we all work together for good.
Students studied and redrew flowering vegetables, wild flowers and fruits in the Ojibwe floral design style. These botanicals, which are based on flowering plants from our area in northern Minnesota surround the text.
In these days we need something to remind us of each other – how much we need each other. Good work benefits all of us. These days it’s a great reminder that we need to do our best – for all of us.
miigwech to Lowana Greensky and Sonny Greensky for sharing their knowledge and language with us.
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)
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.
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.