Created by Montera Middle School, Oakland, CA

Created by Montera Middle School, Oakland, CA

Created by Montera Middle School, Oakland, CA

Teacher: Ms. Walton

Montera Middle School, Oakland, CA

Artists: Moises and Demar

Title: American Flag

Theme: American Heroes

Materials and techniques: Heavy fabric, red, white and blue paint, and black Sharpie.

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

About:

I decided to do an American flag because we searched in Google “how you make a flag” and we found one we liked. We got fabric, rulers and paint. My classmate, Demar and I worked as a team to paint the stripes. The fabric had a lot of colors to color so we had to paint it so many times.

We made a mistake and painted white on the red but our teacher said it is okay because it represents a soft side of the military people who care. We took turns to make dots for the stars and used the jumbo black marker to trace lines and write our names.

It made me feel good and excited to do such a big painting. It reminded me of my elementary school where we got to make big paintings as a class, but this was more fun because I did it with my new friend.
Montera Middle School, Oakland, CA

Artist: Tyjah

Title: American Eye

Theme: American Heroes

Materials and techniques: We used fabric, paint and our imaginations. I used blue, red, and yellow paint for my project.

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

About: Before we could do anything we had to look at American heroes’ pictures to figure out how we wanted our masterpiece to look like. After we figured everything out we started to paint. I painted an eye with the American flag in its pupil. First, we sketched what we wanted our artwork to look like, and then we had to find fabric. When we found our fabric, we cut it to the right size and then we began to sketch out the drawing. We then began to paint, the only problem was that we didn’t have black paint so my eyebrow and eyelashes did not come out how I wanted it to so instead of black or brown I used grey.
Montera Middle School, Oakland, CA

Artist: Octavio

Title: Army Heroes

Theme: Peace

Materials and techniques: Cloth, paint, brushes, and tape.

Did you enjoy this project? I had a lot of fun.

About: It´s about the heroes who fought for our country and we want to make them feel good because of what they did to save our lives.
Montera Middle School, Oakland, CA

Artist: Amy

Title: Three Branches

Theme: American Heroes

Materials and techniques: Paint, paint brushes, fabric, and Sharpie markers.

Did you enjoy this project? Yes, I did.

About: My artwork is about three men looking up at the American flag and saying, “We are American heroes.”
Montera Middle School, Oakland, CA

Artist: Alyssa

Title: Flag of Love

Theme: American Heroes

Montera Middle School, Oakland, CA

Artist: Cassidy

Title: Stand Proud

Theme: American Heroes
Montera Middle School, Oakland, CA

Artist: Amelia

Title: The Salute

Theme: American Heroes

Materials and techniques: I used fabric to paint on, 28 by 28 inches, but cut down to 24 by 24. I used paint to get the different shades of blue, brown, gray, and green. I used smooth, full strokes to paint. I used a loaded brush to paint the fireworks.

Did you enjoy this project? Yes. It was very time consuming but it was worth it. My artwork was all I wanted it to be and more.

About: I chose to represent our other races of American heroes. In the past, other races and women were not represented and praised for their service(s) in the field. To show how we are all equal in the eyes of many other people and I, I made my soldier black, saluting in front of the American flag.
Montera Middle School, Oakland, CA

Artist: Nazareth

Title: Free

Theme: American Heroes
Montera Middle School, Oakland, CA

Created by Montera Middle School, Oakland, CA

Theme: American Heroes
Montera Middle School, Oakland, CA

Artist: Raul

Theme: American Heroes

Montera Middle School, Oakland, CA

Artist: Giuliana

Title: Soldiers Stay Eternal

Theme: American Heroes
Montera Middle School, Oakland, CA

Artist: Turell

Title: The Honor Flag

Theme: American Heroes
Montera Middle School, Oakland, CA

Artist: Cameron

Title: Flag of Freedom

Theme: American Heroes
Montera Middle School, Oakland, CA

Artist: Tyler

Title: American Hero

Theme: American Heroes

Materials and techniques: Pencil for a sketch, paints and brushes for the painting.

Did you enjoy this project? I had a good time working on this project.

About: A soldier in a fire.
Montera Middle School, Oakland, CA

Artist: Corrionna

Title: Our Heroes

Theme: American Heroes

Montera Middle School, Oakland, CA

Artist: Jordan

Title: Policeman

Theme: American Heroes
Montera Middle School, Oakland, CA

Artists: Maniyah and Joy

Title: Stars for our Troops

Theme: Art

Materials and techniques: Paint, brushes, cloth, pencils, markers, and glitter.

Did you enjoy this project? Yes, very much.

About: Our artwork is about an organization that helps retired stars by making them new again. Once made new, they give these stars to retired troops that deserve them.
Montera Middle School, Oakland, CA

Artist: Adrianna

Title: Keep Calm and Carry On

Theme: American Heroes

Materials and techniques: Pencil and paint.

Did you enjoy this project? Yes.

About:

I painted a four piece representation of America. In each square I painted something that represents America. In one of the squares I painted a dove; it symbolizes peace. In another square I illustrated a silhouette of a soldier filled in with camouflage. In the third square I painted an olive branch. The stars from the American flag are on the last square. To split the squares I painted red and white stripes.

I illustrated the stars of the flag because I wanted something to represent America. The dove symbolizes peace and same for the olive branch. The silhouette of the soldier filled in with camouflage represents the soldiers who fought in the wars secretly.

We will fight in all the wars that we are sent to. Bullets will be flying and people will be dying but we will support their families and friends. When we are at war we will support them every step of the way.
Montera Middle School, Oakland, CA

Artists: Alan and Moya

Title: Save our Flag

Theme: American Heroes

Materials and techniques: Cloth, tape, paintbrush, paint, iron, and ruler.

Did you enjoy this project? Yes, we did enjoy doing this project.

About: It is about saving our heroes. I did this to save the troops.
Montera Middle School, Oakland, CA

Artists: Siena and Ashley

Title: Save Our Vets

Theme: American Heroes

Materials and techniques: We used fabric, paint, gold, silver, and black Sharpie marker. We started out by cutting out a piece of fabric. We used our sloppy copy and traced out our drawing. Then over the next few days we painted. We used black, silver, and gold Sharpies for details.

Did you enjoy this project? My group enjoyed working on this project very much because it was a good time to collaborate.

About:

Our project is about homeless vets. 21% of the homeless populations are veterans. 33% of homeless veterans were stationed in a war zone. 47% of the homeless veteran populations served in the Vietnam-Era. 89% received an honorable discharge.
Yet, they are still living on our streets.

Some people might think, all homeless veterans are guys after drugs, why should I help them?

Truth is, women veterans are 4X more likely to become homeless. And veterans in all cases are 2X more likely than regular Americans to become homeless. All though most homeless veterans are helped out, there are still veterans on our streets. So, take care of the people who took care of your country.

Our inspiration for the homeless veteran in the center of our art was from seeing multiple homeless veterans on the streets of Oakland, CA.
Our main point is to bring awareness to the homeless veteran populations. Oakland is home to many homeless veterans.

We wanted to express how uncomfortable the veteran was when he was sitting on the bare cement. As he sits, there his money jar is next to him, it is empty because no one trusts him.

Our drawing also represents the harsh environments in which they have to deal with, like pouring rain.

The birds up in the corner are Ravens from Divergent that stand for each family member he left behind. We thought this would be perfect because the homeless veteran had to leave behind a lot of friends and family. Also in Divergent, we show that she is brave and selfless.