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!
A banner was created by South Ridge School Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) with the support of Fond du Lac Reservation (FDL), South Ridge Art Dept., Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) and Clear Way of MN.
South Ridge GSA works together to educate youth by raising awareness – learning how to be personally healthy, promoting healthy attitudes and choices in life. We support a safe and supportive community for all – whether a person is straight or gay, bi-sexual or transgender, queer or intersex – however students define themselves is supported. Students are encouraged to be who they are – embrace love – not hate, embrace diversity and inclusiveness.
Students participate is a number of activities throughout the school year to share with their community what they are learning in GSA. We often focus on life choices. Studies show that queer and American Indian kids choose to smoke because of the added stresses these kids live with each day. They are more susceptible to substance abuse. To preempt this South Ridge GSA and Fond du Lac’s SHIP joined together providing an opportunity to promote healthy lifestyle choice – to live smoke free.
Using a technique taught by Duluth artist Kirsten Aune, students cut words out of freezer paper creating stencils. Additional patterns and designs were again cut out of the letters and the stencils were ironed down on to a large sheet of muslin. Textile inks were then painted on top of the fabric. Areas where the original fabric remained were protected by the stencils.
Students worked for about a month to complete the banner which was unveiled Feb 28th when SHIP representatives visited school. They brought healthy snacks and shared simple breathing and stretching exercises (Yoga) students could do to relieve stress.
The stress of living in a society that is hostile to the people of color and LGBTQAI communities creates social stress that makes many of these young people at greater risk for substance use. Teaching students to be aware of this in their own life choices will better prepare them for a healthy future.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students in the HS Painting and Drawing class worked with pastels as a way to learn about mixing color. Working with pastels can be challenging since the medium is a very soft chalk stick, easily broken and can create a lot of dust. As easy as the chalks are to blend with other colors – just as easily they can tint other areas – add to color where you don’t want it. Students took on the work with a good attitude and produced wonderful work.