Graphic Design

Opiad Epidemic Poster Design in Media Art

Media Art students worked with South Ridge Community Education to develop a poster for a community meeting designed to raise awareness of the Opiate epidemic in our state.

As a group student took the information (who? what? where? why?) and created a poster and advertisement (for local newspapers).

It was a great opportunity for students to experience a real life  opportunity.

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.

GSA and Art Club at Community Printing


Art 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.

Jonathan Thunder Artist Residency Teaches Animation in Digital Art and Media Art

IMG_0849Media and Digital Arts students were able to learn from one of the areas best animators, Jonathan Thunder. Through a grant from ISD 709, Duluth/Perpich Center, Mpls. area teachers came to South Ridge to learn with the Media Art students how to use Adobe After Effects. Staff Development  such as this for art teachers are not often available. This was a great time for students and staff to work together learning.

This time provides valuable information for teachers to not only learn what to do in their own classroom but learn with our students in a meaningful way.

Walking in the Hallway




Perpich Center for Arts Education Grant to Bring Teaching Artist, Jonathan Thunder to High School Media Arts and Digital Art

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.

e41a8125520eff3a9cfa35fd6aeeb50eTeaching 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.