Indian Oasis Intermediate School, Tucson, AZ

Indian Oasis Intermediate School, Tucson, AZ

Indian Oasis Intermediate School, Tucson, AZ

Created by Indian Oasis Intermediate School, Tucson, AZ

Artists: Alexis, Quinten, Michael, Adaziah, Aspen, Mario, Dustin, Seth, Darren, Leilani, Enrique, Josephine

Title: Day

Teacher: Mr. Gorre

Theme: Conservation (Nature, animals, etc)

Materials and techniques: The students completed two introductory lessons before completing their entry. Lesson #1 was color mixing of the primary colors. Lesson #2 was sketching and painting of Sonoran Desert fauna. Materials used were acrylic paint, blank canvas, and brushes. The students also studied stylistic techniques of Arizona artist De Grazia.

Did you enjoy this project? Yes. Painting is the favorite medium of our students.

About: The students of Indian Oasis Intermediate School wake at dawn and board school buses in the desert environment of the southwest United States. Their home, the Tohono O’odham Nation is west of the Saguaro National Park and also encompasses territory in Mexico. The desert fauna provide sustenance for the TO people and is the basis of their cultural and spiritual heritage.

Indian Oasis Intermediate School, Tucson, AZ

Created by Indian Oasis Intermediate School, Tucson, AZ

Artists: Francisco, Jesse, Lucille, Shaden, Laeoni, Nitara, Jordan, Annissa, Enrika, Montseratt, Taurasi, Larae’e, Delea, Keanu, Miranda, Sarah

Title: Night

Teacher: Mr. Gorre

Theme: Art

Materials and techniques: The students completed two introductory lessons before painting their entry. The first was color mixing using the primary colors. The second was sketching and painting the flora of the Sonoran Desert. The materials used were acrylic paint, blank canvas, and brushes. The students also derived stylistic techniques from the Arizona artist DeGrazia.

Did you enjoy this project? Yes. Painting is the favorite medium of our students.

About: The students of Indian Oasis Intermediate School see the environment of the southwest desert region of the United States every day. They awake at dawn and board school buses from all points of the Tohono O’odham Nation. The painting “Night” depicting the Saguaro National Park, is a capsule of the images the children see outside their bedroom windows. The nation resides on the border of U.S. and Mexico. The environment of the southwest desert is sacred to people of TO Nation and provides sustenance and is the basis of their cultural heritage and spiritual beliefs.

Indian Oasis Intermediate School, Tucson, AZ

Created by Indian Oasis Intermediate School, Tucson, AZ

Artists: Joie, Malachi, Kaly, Mario, Shane, Kiyawin, Arsean, Navien, Shanae, Natalie, Cynthia, Jerimiah, Liana, Jade, Darion

Title: Morning

Teacher: Mr. Gorre

Theme: Nature / Conservation

Materials and techniques: The students completed two introductory lessons before completing their entry. Lesson #1 was color mixing of the primary colors. Lesson #2 was sketching and painting of Sonoran Desert fauna. Materials used were acrylic paint, blank canvas, and brushes. The students also studied stylistic techniques of Arizona artist De Grazia.

Did you enjoy this project? Yes. Painting is the favorite medium of our students.

About: The students of Indian Oasis Intermediate School wake at dawn and board school buses in the desert environment of the southwest United States. Their home, the Tohono O’odham Nation is west of the Saguaro National Park and also encompasses territory in Mexico. The desert fauna provide sustenance for the TO people and is the basis of their cultural and spiritual heritage.