Junior Duck Stamp Contest

Hailey C, Dev of Design 8
Riley K., Dev of Design 8
Tarius L., Dev of Design 8
Ben W., Dev of Design 8

Art students submitted illustrations for the annual national Jr. Duck Stamp Contest. The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program is an  art and science-based curriculum that teaches wetland and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school. The program encourages students to explore their natural world, invites them to investigate biology and wildlife management principles and challenges them to express and share what they have learned with others.

South Ridge students have regularly done very well. Living in rural Minnesota students are well aware of the importance of protecting our wetlands. Knowledge of animal life, in particular ducks and birds, are more available, many of the students seeing ducks in their daily lives.

8th grade students shown here used colored pencils to demonstrate the characteristics of their chosen duck, the season and habitat the duck lives in.

MSAB Art’s Grant-Fall Performance with Frank Theater

2tshirt with text copySouth Ridge students performed to a full house at the “Fall Family Night” in the school’s Forum. Performances included “Orpheus and Eurydice” (3-4th Grades), “Persephone and the Six Pomegranate Seeds” (3rd-6th Grades, afterschoolSTEAM), “Fischer and the Birds” (7th Grade morning Design class), and “Shingebiss and the Wintermaker” (7th Grade afternoon Design class).

Frank teaching artists Wendy Knox and Emily Zimmer have worked with students for 8 weeks writing, retelling stories, playing theatre games and acting out stories to build skills in writing, public speaking, body language and story telling. Activities built student’s ability to clearly express themselves in a public venue. Each group sang a song composed by Marya Hart (with lyrics supplied by students). Videographer Mark Tang has documented the process and will work with Wendy Knox and South Ridge teacher Carolyn Olson to produce videos that tell the story.

Video of the performance, Fall 2015.


Students Screen T-shirts

IMG_2683IMG_2693 IMG_2703 IMG_2717High school students in printmaking class are screening all the t-shirts needed for the MSAB “Lettin’ Off STEAM with Frank Theatre” . The process is meticulous and time consuming but students are excelling with the work!

Silk screens were prepared with a photo emulsion solution and a “positive” on clear plastic of the black and white image (to be printed) is “burned” on to the emulsion. The “positive” image is washed out of the screen leaving a beautiful sharp stencil. Textile ink is pushed through the screen with a squeegee. Students “flood” the screen and then “pull” the squeegee across as evenly as possible.

Students work in teams – printing, preparing, stacking in the rack to dry, replenishing ink, cleaning up ink, etc.

Everyone involved in the Frank Theatre Artist Residency , as well as the Printmaking students will receive a free t-shirt!