Montera Middle School Art, Oakland, CA

Montera Middle School Art, Oakland, CA

Montera Middle School Art, Oakland, CA

Created by Montera Middle School Art, Oakland, CA

Participants: Olivia Doyle

Teacher: Susan A. Walton

Title: The Unreachable

Theme: Space

Materials and techniques: Tempera paint, cloth, charcoal

Did you enjoy this project? Very much so. It was a fun project, and although I did not have much time to work on it, I enjoyed pondering over my own idea of space.

About: This year, I was asked to design a rocket, as well as a few galaxies and a color scheme. At first, I was unsure on what I was being asked to create. However, I soon discovered that there were no solid guidelines; this was our own interpretation of space. My beginning drafts were quite bland and boring. Soon, I became bored with that, and began to draw whatever came to mind. I drew them as cartoons, experimented with different shapes, drew a nose with flaming nostrils. I chose to paint a relatively bland rocket, drawing a fraction of my fish rocket in the background. I believe this represents the possibilities left unknown to us in space, as it extends infinitely to places that humans cannot pursue. We can only imagine what lies beyond our own set of stars. Who knows? Maybe fish do navigate space.
Montera Middle School Art, Oakland, CA

Created by Montera Middle School Art, Oakland, CA

Participants: Mia Loo

Teacher: Susan A. Walton

Title: Shooting Star

Theme: Space

About: The inspiration for my artwork comes from firework rockets. I remembered how they had a string attached to the base that would light and burn all the way to the rocket, setting it off with sparks.

I chose to make my rocket orange because it reminded me of a shooting star without having to look like a banana. I liked the idea of the moon large in the back round to add some contrast. The reason I chose purple for space was because it is sort of like a sunset and a dream.