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Future Watch: Questions for Today, art by students at Manhattan Middle School
This exhibit was created by 7th and 8th grade art and science students with the assistance of MMS art and science teachers and EcoArts Connections.
To create the paintings, students in Dawn Deming’s art classes researched and discussed topics including sustainability, water, climate, atmosphere, and travel and how artists might respond to these topics both in terms of artwork, content, and techniques. For inspiration, they chose styles that they liked from images in Art in America magazines. Once the paintings were dry, students in Dan Tomlin’s, Kim Greene’s, and Brooke Smith’s science classes wrote wall text to accompany the paintings, using Google Docs to share their responses. Seventh grade students wrote using their knowledge of life sciences and ecosystems; 8th graders based their comments on the Boulder Valley School District’s catastrophic events Earth science curriculum. The comments were then edited down to become the text you see with each painting.
The oil paintings in the exhibit were created using salvaged materials recycled from the trash and the paint from ReSource Boulder.
This exhibit is part of the Stories for the Future, an interdisciplinary arts, science, and sustainability youth program produced by EcoArts Connections. The exhibit will run January 23 through March 28, 2014.