Mather High School, Chicago, IL

Mather High School, Chicago, IL

Mather High School, Chicago, IL

Created by Mather High School, Chicago, IL

Artists: Nathan, Abbas, and Sarah

Title: Heart of Chicago

Teacher: Mrs. Smith

Theme: Art

Materials and techniques: Canvas, paint, gel medium, and carbon paper.

Did you enjoy this project? This project was really fun to work on because we had the freedom of using any materials to express our message. It also opened our eyes to the problems that have been going on in Syria these past few years.

About: We were assigned the theme “Don’t take my stuff, tell my story”. We incorporated this theme into our project and resulted in the Chicago flag with few of many monuments that represent Chicago’s value. The iconic Willis Tower, The Bean, The Water Tower, and The Buckingham Fountain all represent an invaluable part of Chicago and retaining the value of our city is crucial.

We were influenced by the constant threat of crimes and violence condoning us. It’s unacceptable to see such a great city with one of the highest crime rates being violated by unlawful acts deterring its value as a great city. For the medium we used paint and a 2ft by 2ft fabric as the canvas. All was painted besides the monuments which were photo transferred into the inside of the flag. The easiest part of the project was drawing over carbon paper because it just required some tracing. The most difficult part of the project was painting inside the letters. It was a tedious process but in the end we were satisfied with how the letters came out. If there’s one thing we learned in this project, it’s that value can be conserved if we prompt justice.

Mather High School, Chicago, IL

Created by Mather High School, Chicago, IL

Artist: Lajla

Title: Midnight City in Ruins

Teacher: Mrs. Smith

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

Materials and techniques: Canvas, Gesso, tape, cardboard, acrylic paint, brushes, and sponges.

Did you enjoy this project? Yes.

About: My artwork is about a city of ruins relating to the current war that is occurring in the Middle East and the destruction of century’s worth of art. My artwork describes a city up in flames due to war which is killing people and removing them from their homes. An “evil eye” bracelet is placed across the middle representing the bracelet my parent had given me when I was a child, which ended up getting stolen when my house was robbed. There is also two quotes which relates to not taking people’s homes or lives, but, telling their stories and describing what they are experiencing currently. The other quote is one from John F. Kennedy. The overall concept is a city that is dying and hoping for protection and safety.

Mather High School, Chicago, IL

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Artists: Adam, Syed, Nancy, Selena

Title: Our Cultures United

Teacher: Ms. Brown

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

Materials and techniques: Canvas, Gesso, acrylic paint and permanent markers.

Did you enjoy this project? We did enjoy working on this project.

About: This artwork is about the cultures we are from and the artifacts that all tie into the theme “Don’t Take My Stuff. Tell My Story.” This project is meant to memorialize and save these artifacts that are so precious to human history.

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Artists: Alexsandra, Miriam, Sean, and Edwin

Title: Our Cultures Endure

Teacher: Ms. Brown

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

Materials and techniques: Canvas, acrylic paint, and permanent markers.

Did you enjoy this project? Yes, it was an interesting and fun project.

About: Our theme was “Don’t Take My Stuff. Tell My Story.” We wanted to incorporate all our cultures. Our art shows that even if art is destroyed, it still lives on in people’s memories.

Mather High School, Chicago, IL

Created by Mather High School, Chicago, IL

Artists: Alexy, Dalin, Angel, and Muhammad

Title: Star Gazing

Teacher: Ms. Brown

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

Materials and techniques: Canvas, Gesso, acrylic paint, and permanent markers.

Did you enjoy this project? Yes, it was a very fun experience, coming up with the ideas and creating the artwork.

About: Our artwork included each of our four group members’ cultures and artifacts. The purpose of this work was to show cultural icons and their legacies. The celestial background represents that although artifacts have been destroyed, their significance and importance lives on. Looking up to see the stars is a sign of hope which we are trying to portray through this artwork.

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Created by Mather High School, Chicago, IL

Artists: Jesus, Ali, Maya

Title: Assyrian, Mayan and Aztec

Teacher: Ms. Brown

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

Materials and techniques: Canvas, acrylic paint, and permanent markers.

Did you enjoy this project? Yes, it was very meaningful for us and each day we were excited to come to class to work on it. We even came after school and during our lunch periods to work on it.

About: We worked with the theme “Don’t Take My Stuff. Tell My Story” with the idea of showing art that has been destroyed and art that has been left behind by civilizations that have disappeared. We included art from Assyrian culture, and Aztec and Mayan culture.