Shadows in the Arts

  • Shadows in the Arts (SITA) is a cooperative endeavor among teachers, artists and the Gifted and Talented Education Office.  It is designed for community artists to work with a small group of students for a day to introduce the student to the artist and his/her particular medium. 

    Student Nominations

    Every year, district art teachers are asked for student nominees. The students are nominated on the basis of their genuine interest in the arts, artistic talents, maturity and an eagerness to be a part of this program. 

    • At the high school and middle school level, the program accepts 5 nominees per school.
    • At the elementary level, the program accepts 2 fifth grade nominees per school.
      • Elementary workshops are half day; students are assigned to a morning or afternoon session.

    The SITA program usually takes place in fall for elementary and middle school students and February for high school students.

    Questions?

    Contact your child's art teacher or Sheron Rowland, SITA Coordinator, sheron.rowland@thompsonschools.org.


    Past Workshops

    Mixed Media Memory Landscapes          Instructor: Trish Murtha

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    The TSD Shadows in the Arts program is partnered with Hillcrest of Loveland – Senior Living. Students pair with a resident of Hillcrest to create a collaborative triptych (a set of three panels side by side, bearing pictures, carvings and the like). The artists will use simple art and varied materials to create memory landscapes that capture the life stories of both the young and old. Students and residents will each leave with one piece of the triptych, with the remaining piece collectively displayed at Hillcrest.  

    From Abstraction to Architecture        Instructor: Rohini Kapil

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    This workshop introduces students to the work of artist Joan Miro and encourages them to work intuitively to create collages and drawings using abstract pattern-making and compositional elements inspired by the work of Miro. Working 2-dimensionally, students will experiment with different forms, color, shape and composition to learn about creative risk-taking and unexpected outcomes. Experimenting with a variety of materials, students will transition into a 3-dimensional experience and construct sculptures inspired by the experience of making collages. Here, students can reflect on the relationships found working between with 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional form, from collage to sculpture.

    Exploring an Eco System under the Sea     Instructor: Karen Dobroth

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    After a discussion about the eco system of life under the sea, including coral reefs and exotic fish, with visual examples, students created to the sounds of the ocean. They sketched a 12” X 18” line drawing of a seascape of ocean life, including coral and sea creatures. Drawings were taped onto a same size foil and transferred onto the foil using a wooden stylus, creating a low relief image. Once the image was complete, quick drying acrylic paint was applied over the surface and then rubbed off, leaving a rainbow of colors in the engraved part of the image. 

    Simple Silhouette’s Say So Much       Instructor: Jennifer Ghormley

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    “In this fun-filled, hands-on crash course workshop, participants learned to apply the advantages of screenprinting with hand-cut silhouette stencils.  Source imagery can come from drawings, photographs, nature, or other sources of inspiration. The emphasis was on technique, color, range of experimentation, and variety of creative expression possible with the media. In this non-toxic approach, we used a thin frosted mylar stencil material and water-based acrylic inks, with no chemicals or laborious equipment involved. Students gained the experience to become independent screenprinters, further exploring how to utilize this process for various applications.” 

    Down to the Pixel          Instructor: Robert Muller

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    The students learned about the importance of detail, through exercises that show scale and relativity to a pixel. Their learning outcomes were a greater understanding of Color Theory - Knowledge of complimentary color, and how color is built with pigment or with light. They also learned about Dimension: How a line of squares can look like a smooth diagonal line even though it’s constrained to a grid; Time: How time is cut into cells, scenes, and key frames when dealing with video and gaming production; Space: What is space and what is negative space? They will learn all of this through the Introduction to Animation techniques and the activity of “Creating their own pixel video game hero and Flip Book”, where they created a Hero, using materials provided, start a hero animation flip book on grid paper.