Hackettstown Middle School, Hackettstown, NJ

Hackettstown Middle School, Hackettstown, NJ

Created by Hackettstown Middle School, Hackettstown, NJ

After School Art Club: Chloe, Skyler, Julia, Aubrey

Title: Soldiers Winter of 1779

Teacher: Mrs. Shunk

Theme: Imagination

Materials and techniques: Acrylic paint and canvas.

Did you enjoy this project? We enjoyed working on this project a lot. It was fun to collaborate with our classmates and come up with ideas together. We also all got to work on individual elements and we’re proud of how it came out.

About: This artwork depicts the huts where the American Revolutionary War soldiers survived the coldest winter in recorded history, the winter of 1779-1780. The huts are located in Jockey Hollow Park, within the Morristown National Historic Parks system, and they are still intact today.

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After School Art Club: Rocco, Carlee, Kye, Evan, Abby

Title: Face Off at Fort Nonsense

Teacher: Mrs. Shunk

Theme: Freedom

Materials and techniques: Acrylic paint and canvas.

Did you enjoy this project? We loved working on this. We had fun bouncing ideas off of each other for how to depict the theme. We think that this accurately shows the conflict and struggle between the American and British forces. We liked using the metallic paint to show the metal of the cannon as well.

About: This artwork represents the struggle that occurred between American and British soldiers when this nation fought for its freedom in the 1770s and 1780s. Below the silhouettes of the soldiers is the cannon that is still located at Fort Nonsense in Morristown, NJ.

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After School Art Club: Ashley, Emily, Samantha

Title: The Light Within

Teacher: Mrs. Shunk

Theme: Imagination

Materials and techniques: Acrylic paint and canvas.

Did you enjoy this project? It was interesting to work together to produce an artwork that more abstractly represented what the American soldiers were facing at the time. We wanted it to show that they had to be very resourceful and hold the light of faith inside of them in order to survive. All of us played an equal role in bringing the whole artwork together- from brainstorming ideas to mixing paint colors. We are very proud with the finished piece.

About: Our artwork shows all of the resources and skills that American Revolutionary soldiers had to use to survive the winter in Morristown, NJ. We used a candle to represent the idea of ingenuity and having to be clever in hard times. All of the words we chose represent the things the soldiers had to use to their advantage when facing such adversity.

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After School Art Club: Karyna and Olivia

Title: The Ford Mansion in Spring

Teacher: Mrs. Shunk

Theme: Freedom

Materials and techniques: Acrylic paint and canvas.

Did you enjoy this project? We loved working on this painting. We are so proud with how it came out because it looks just like the Ford mansion. When we think of George Washington, we think about Washington DC, and it always looks so beautiful there when the cherry blossoms are blooming, so that’s why we painted cherry blossoms around the house.

About: Our artwork shows the home of the Ford family in Morristown, NJ. General George Washington used the home as his headquarters during the Revolutionary War. We thought it was really generous of the Ford family to give up their home to a bunch of soldiers, but it’s what any true American would do.