Leaving a Legacy!
Each year my 8th grade students complete a collaborative artwork that will decorate the school and help students "leave their legacy" behind when they graduate. I have seen legacy projects completed in several of the schools I've worked in and visited over the years, so when I started teaching art at Hester I asked if I could implement such a program. My idea was well received, so the next step was to get to work! The first step is choosing an artwork that suits the personality of the class. Students my first year were eager to dive right in and tackle projects in mediums they had never used before, so it seemed fitting to recreate one of Monet's bridges. I chose "Japanese Bridge" from 1900 because of the beautiful, rich colors. The industrial arts teacher was generous enough to cut out 161 4" x 6" pieces of Masonite for students to paint their part on. The final painting size was not the same aspect ratio as the original painting