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 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.
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.
The season is here again for Snow Week’s Annual Snow Snake Throwing Contest. HS art students (Printmaking) made snow snakes from wood harvested locally (Tremblay Lumber) to carve their snakes. Designs (repeated motif) were burned on to the top of each snake in 10 cm sections.
A representative from each grade will choose a snake form the selection to throw down the track. The snake that makes the longest run wins.
South Ridge School has received funding through The Perich Center for the Arts and ISD 709 to offer an artist residency in animation in Digital Art and Media Art-Graphic Design courses.
Teaching artist, Jonathan Thunder is a painter and digital media artist currently residing in Duluth, Minnesota. He has attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Effects and Motion Graphics from the Art Institutes International Minnesota. His work has been featured in many state, regional, and national exhibitions, as well as in local and international publications.
Jonathan’s paintings explore personal themes of identity, life transitions, internal conflict, and self-transformation. He depicts expressive characters whose emotions and thoughts manifest viscerally in their physical form. The bodies of his subjects often appear fragmented, disfigured, animalistic, or partially obscured. They portray the prison of old patterns and the desire to fluidly overcome them. His art acts as the scrapbook recording an evolving identity. Through his subjects, Jonathan can exaggerate the villians and heroes that make up his self-image. A strong theme focuses on the ability of the self to break away from “what it has been programmed to do.” His work questions the cost of conformity, examines moral responsibility, and just like the character in “A Chant at Day’s End,” believes in art’s exquisite ability to have “something to show” for the human journey.
Mr. Thunder will be with students in late April/early May. Each day he is with us one licensed art teacher from the arrowhead region will join the class as a staff development opportunity to learn how to teach animation with Adobe After Effects. All costs are paid for through the grant.
We are pleased to have this opportunity for our students as well as colleagues in education.