Mather High School, Chicago, IL

Mather High School, Chicago, IL

Mather High School, Chicago, IL

Created by Mather High School, Chicago, IL

Artists: Mariam and Katherine

Title: Our Best Friends

Teacher: Mrs. Smith

Theme: Don’t Take My Stuff, Tell My Story

Mather High School, Chicago, IL

Created by Mather High School, Chicago, IL

Artists: Huy and Janette

Title: He Writes, She Writes

Teacher: Mrs. Smith

Theme: Don’t take my stuff tell my story

Materials and techniques: Canvas, paint, Gesso, and Sharpie marker.

Did you enjoy this project? Yes, since writing comes natural to me, I enjoyed working on the project because I got to show my writing. Painting is in Huy’s blood, watching him paint the canvas gave off the impression that he does this like blinking; like breathing it comes so natural.

About: When I think of the project, I think of what defines me. He writes with brushstrokes and paint, and I write with my pen or pencil and lined paper. That is our story- both Huy and I are writers.

Mather High School, Chicago, IL

Created by Mather High School, Chicago, IL

Artists: Maria and Carmen

Title: How Long?

Teacher: Mrs. Smith

Theme: Peace

Materials and techniques: Canvas, acrylic paint, tape, medium gel, Sharpie marker, and image printed text.

Did you enjoy this project? Yes, we did.

About: It’s showing how we unite to get through things, to show that they are not alone and not forgotten and that there is hope. We also painted buildings being destroyed to show how the art work being destroyed and how it’s valuable to people and how it’s affecting them.

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Artists: Amanda and Alma

Title: Not Just English

Teacher: Mrs. Smith

Theme: Don’t Take My Stuff. Tell My Story.

Materials and techniques: Photography, canvas, paint, Gesso, and paper

Did you enjoy this project? Yes, this theme was personal to the both of us because we both speak two languages and we would hate if someone took away our native languages.

About: We used the idea of not taking away peoples native languages just because they are in America. So we wrote the theme ‘Don’t Take My Stuff. Tell My Story’ in varies languages.

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Created by Mather High School, Chicago, IL

Artists: Kelly, Eylin, and Paola

Title: WE will speak, WE will stay

Teacher: Mrs. Smith

Theme: Don’t Take My Stuff, Tell My Story

Materials and techniques: To create this piece, we used a Gessoed canvas and did a photo transfer on to it. We also used carbon paper to write out the words and also acrylic paint. To make the picture, we photographed the flag and the students and then used photoshop to put it together.

Did you enjoy this project? Yes, we really enjoyed working on this project, it was really fun to make and we definitely think this piece gets our message across about the theme “Don’t Take My Stuff, Tell My Story.”

About: In this art piece, we created an image that showcases “Don’t Take My Stuff, Tell My Story” and basically what we were trying to say in the piece is basically don’t take our country away from us. There is so much diversity in this country which means that there are many stories to tell and we can’t have their stories untold and so we don’t want our culture to be taken away.

Mather High School, Chicago, IL

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Artist: Sobia

Title: Art is Memories, Memories Are Forever

Teacher: Mrs. Smith

Theme: Art

Materials and techniques: Canvas, Gesso, paint, Sharpie marker, and pencil.

Did you enjoy this project? Yes, it isn’t often you get to try to embrace and represent a piece of your culture that has been stolen; we tend to represents the parts we still have. This backwards idea really helps us think about the things we are missing culturally, and these pieces really, I think, bring people together, artistically, culturally, and spiritually.

About: We tend to forget that art isn’t made to be looked at or critiqued, it’s made to represent important topics, emotions, and feelings, it’s made to preserve culture, humanity, and prosperity. To destroy art is to destroy memories, and culture. Personally, I try to embrace my culture in as many ways as possible, so writing in Arabic I think really represents the cultures that have been stripped of memories.