Montera Middle School, Oakland, CA

Montera Middle School, Oakland, CA

Created by Montera Middle School, Oakland, CA

Teacher: Ms. Walton
Montera Middle School, Oakland, CA

The ironing experience. Teachable moments #2

The ironing experience. Teachable moments #2

 

Artist: Elijah

Title: Salute to Army Soldiers

Theme: American Heroes

Materials and techniques: Fabric, markers, and paint.

Did you enjoy this project? Yes.

About: Mr. Avent (veteran) spoke to us. I found it interesting He shared answers to questions that most people don’t know about when it comes to war.
Montera Middle School, Oakland, CA

Artist: Dayana

Title: Heroes

Theme: American Heroes

Materials and techniques: Fabric and paint.

Did you enjoy this project? Yes, I liked working on this project.

About: I did the soldier saluting because it makes me think about that when I think about the
military. I remember painting the blue several times to get the right color. I like the way it turned out.
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Artist: Lauryn

Title: Freedom of America

Theme: American Heroes

Materials and techniques: Satin curtain fabric, paint and drawing with pencil.

Did you enjoy this project? Yes.

About: My painting is of an eagle flying through the sky in front of the American flag. The painting
represents the people of America and their freedom. The eagle symbolizes the freedom of its people. The flag itself represents America as a whole. Overall, my painting symbolizes the Freedom of
America and its people. I made my art by first studying different pictures of things related to freedom. Then I found two images and put them together, an eagle and a flag. Once I found my image, I
studied the detail before I started painting. I copied the eagle and flag I had drawn on paper, and painted it on fabric.
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Artist: Yu Jun

Title: Salute from the Skies

Theme: American Heroes

Materials and techniques: Tempera paint, fabric, paint brushes, and markers.

Did you enjoy this project? Yes, I did enjoy working on the American Heroes project. It gave me a new idea and completely original prompt.

About: Ms. Walton, the leader of our art program had inspired me to work on the American Heroes project. We were to draw our interpretation of an “American Hero”: I painted the colors of the American flag, a soldier saluting into the sunset, and anything that we choose that represented our “American Hero”. At first I was uninspired, confused, and just not creative and feeling the prompt, but as time passed and Ms. Walton gave us examples of what we could draw, I felt ideas spinning around in my head. That is when it happened. An idea that I could put into action.

My drawing consists of a male, one hand over his face and dark circles under his eyes. He’s surrounded by objects, the 10 amendments, a gun, a bullet, a book, the American flag, roses, and thorns. Each item has a meaning and has a story or an interpretation. The roses is the United States’ official flower, the deep blood red reminding me of sacrifices, those who had died to serve our country. The thorns represented hardships, the struggles they had to go through in order to get to where they were. The book stood for knowledge, something that each soldier had and protected. The bullet and gun stood for fear, for most people feared for their life and tried to shield it with bullets and violence. The flag, decorated with white stars, red and white stripes, and blue represented our pride, our acceptance that we are Americans and that we are free to protect and express our opinions.

At first glance, my art style would have been classified as “anime”. However, there was a reason why I chose to draw in such a style. I had selected this style due to me being comfortable with it, and it was a style that I could mold into my prompt. With such a style, I could customize any character, and fit any expression. Although the person in my drawing seems to be a person of one ethnicity, it is a representation of anything, anyone. Anyone could be a soldier, anyone could serve their country.

I am quite happy with this project, and I am thankful that Ms. Walton gave me the chance to work with such a prompt.
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Artist: Lucy

Title: America is Our Star

Theme: American Heroes

Materials and techniques: Fabric and paint.

Did you enjoy this project? Yes.

About: As a seventh grader I came in at four lunch periods to paint with my friends to assist in representing our class with this school wide project.