Tribute to Louise Nevelson

Tribute to Louise Nevelson

In seventh and eighth grade visual arts classes, students engage in the creative problem solving process through a variety of projects, gaining a greater awareness of craftsmanship, and confidence with technical skills. They learn about the elements and principles of design, and develop the vocabulary to express their thinking about not only artwork, but about design in the world around them.

Inspired by the large-scale, monochromatic wooden sculptures of Louise Nevelson, students created their own individual wood sculpture tiles. In doing so, they considered the compositional elements of emphasis, pattern, balance, and symmetry. After spray-painting their finished pieces in the same monochromatic style as Nevelson, students layered and assembled the individual tiles to create large collages.

“One of my goals with the seventh and eighth grade classes is to give students opportunities to find joy in making art and to start learning what it means to have a good eye for composition,” said fine arts faculty member Keith Borzillo. “That process begins with them looking at something and asking, ‘Why is this interesting to me?’, ‘Why am I engaged by this piece of work?'  Understanding the elements and principles of design helps students put words to their feelings and express the ‘why’ behind their opinions.” 

The sculptures are on display above the lockers between rooms 305 and 306.