Here we are back in another school year! With this being my first year teaching at the middle school level, I have had a lot to learn about this age group. It has been such a wonderful experience thus far. What has been really great is getting back into fine art. I haven't taught much drawing and painting in my last ten years of teaching.
Now let's get back to the art! I hope to post much of my student work this year here on my blog.
How to Draw Your Own Selfie
Here at Burlington High School, I run a program called the Digital Publishing team, which is a full year course where students design graphics for the community and the school. The team consists of 11 students from grades 9-12 working together (often collaboratively) to come up with advanced design solutions. Some of these students have come to the class with much graphic design experience, and some have just began their journey into digital arts. I am so proud to teach these wonderful students who continue to impress and inspire me.
This year we are happy to announce that the Digital Publishing team is exhibiting their artwork in Burlington's Cambridge Street Gallery! The work will be on display for the month of May. Come check it out! In the meantime, a small number of designs can be viewed in the gallery below.
*Not pictured are our fabulous seniors who are out on internships this term.
This year the Burlington High School Art Department hosted the 46th annual Art + Fashion Show, where students from a variety of courses came together to exhibit the art that they have been working on since the beginning of the school year. Hundreds of pieces were on display from courses like Architecture, Drawing & Painting, Design, Photography, Web Design, and Ceramics, to name a few. Additionally, the fashion class hosted the always popular fashion show, walking down the red carpet showing their original designs.
BHS Alumna, Sam Marchese (Class of 2016), came to visit the fashion class and also spoke with some marketing students regarding her experience after high school. Sam recently spent the summer in New York doing costume work for an independent film that will soon be released. She showed photographs of her experiences being on set and filming with the crew. Sam talked about how she was given a budget for clothing, purchasing many items for all of the actors in the movie -- relying on their self-taken measurements.
While Sam was in high school here at BHS, she was an extremely successful fashion design student, taking fashion for three years. She also worked part time at the costume room in Burlington, helping out with costumes for the Burlington musicals and plays. She works in the costume department at Providence College currently.
Currently Sam is a junior at Providence College, majoring in Marketing, with a specialized minor in costume design. Sam hopes to be a professional costumer in the future. Now with experience in the film industry, she has more options for her career.
The Digital Publishing Team consists of a group of students in grades 9-12 working together to create and design artwork for the school, the Burlington community, and beyond. Under the instruction of their teacher, the class learns design principles, marketing and business techniques and runs much like a professional design agency. The Cambridge Street Gallery exhibit showcases this year's winners for a multitude of design projects including the BHS yearbook, the school musical, the BEF road race, and even a logo for a local company. Students listened to clients' artistic needs, and used their design skills to create the works in this show.
The slideshow below is comprised of this year's design winners. All of these designs are exhibited in the Cambridge Street Gallery at 123 Cambridge Street.
Poetic Ramblings and Spectrum partnered together to invite all teachers and students to participate in the creation of Rainbow Peace flags. Simultaneously celebrating diversity and acknowledging human connection, the rainbow peace flag symbolizes inclusiveness and represents peaceful dialogue over violence. Students and teachers came together to decorate a flag for each classroom. The event was well attended and the vibe was full of positivity and love.
This event was our response to Natick, Massachusetts' mission, which was to give away Peace flags free to all residents to hang outside of their houses. You can find out more information about the Natick Peace Flag Project here.
A HUGE THANK YOU to Ms. Shannon Janovitz & Ms. Callie Graham and Poetic Ramblings, who had this wonderful idea and brought it to life. Also, thank you to Spectrum and our co-advisor Emily Bularzik who helped to plan and facilitate this excellent event.
"The rainbow peace flag is displayed throughout the world as a sign of diversity and inclusiveness. Now more than ever, it is important that we spread our message: to extend kindness and caring across national borders, with love that includes people of all sexualities, genders, abilities, religions, races, ages, and cultures, and to condemn acts of violence and hatred, embracing peaceful dialogue instead."
Local author Johanna Hartford stopped by the fashion design class at Burlington High School this year to talk about her new young adult fantasy novel, "The Ivory Rite," which tells the tale of Queen Diem.
"QUEEN DIEM HAS A DEADLY SECRET—ONE THAT SHE NEVER ASKED FOR, AND ONE THAT COULD COST HER EVERYTHING. AS SHE STRUGGLES TO DECIDE WHO IS WORTHY OF HER TRUST, AN OMINOUS PROPHECY AND THE RESURRECTION OF A GHOST FROM HER PAST WILL CAUSE HER TO QUESTION EVERYTHING SHE THOUGHT SHE KNEW."
Johanna and I thought working with the fashion class would make for a great collaboration. We tasked the fashion class with creating the iconic fashions from the novel. Johanna gave the students detailed descriptions taken from the text and students interpreted the excerpts to create these designs. This was the students' final project and was heavily weighted on their final grade. Ms. Hartford was thrilled when presented these designs by the class! Students took time to describe their designs and discuss how they made their artistic decisions. Johanna will be using some of the images below on social media to give readers a sense of the imagery from the book.
I have known Johanna for about 20 years and have seen her grow as an author. She has been featured in sites like Cosmopolitan, Mogul, and Huffington Post for her riveting commentaries. The Ivory Rite is her debut novel.
The Ivory Rite is now out! You can order it here on Amazon.
This summer students entering grades 6-8 for the 2017/2018 school year can enjoy time to create art and have some fun at the Burlington High School Art Department.
The art camp will consist of time to create, design, and explore art techniques. This includes drawing and painting. Students will use their imagination and observation skills to create one of-a-kind masterpieces. They will work collaboratively in a fun and relaxed atmosphere with many opportunities for self-expression.
Dates: Monday- Thursday, July 17-20, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Instructor: Christina Chang
Location: Burlington High School
Transportation: Arranged by parents
To enroll your child please complete the Information Form and tuition payment to Burlington Public Schools 123 Cambridge Street, Burlington, MA 01803. Attention: Rosemary DeSousa
Space is limited - please register as soon as possible.
I teach art at Burlington High School in Burlington, Massachusetts. My goals include teaching my students to live and thrive with 21st century learning skills while helping them to learn valuable creative artistic thinking and technical skill.