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Teachers:  Morgan Acheson & Stephanie Teo

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Teacher:  Morgan Acheson


This project is an extension of Morgan’s Grade 7 Black History Collage Project that began in the studio.  Students all chose a person to focus on for their collage.  This person is now the subject of a bio-zine.  Through this project, Grade 7 students gained a richer understanding of their chosen subject.  Students learned about the history of zine-making, how to construct a simple zine and use it as a platform in which to inspire others while developing their drawing skills and understanding of the principles and elements of design. We welcome you to print your own copy of each zine layout as a means to learn from our incredible young artists and as an opportunity to hold their art in your hands.

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Teacher:  Morgan Acheson


Following their zine project, students in Morgan’s classes were presented with choice-based assignments under the concept of their studio class’s explorative Open Studio opportunities. Students had the choice of three prompts each week to complete with the materials available to them.  Morgan’s students were encouraged to think creatively and to not limit themselves to traditional means of making art especially if their materials at home were limited.  Prompts were accompanied by various artworks as a means to inspire and ranged from portraits using surprising materials and designing a letter from the alphabet to Goldsworthy inspired land art, song illustrations and more! 

Students in Grade 7 began their self-portrait unit by looking at the work of German Expressionist artists Edvard Munch and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Munch and Kirchner were charged with an emotional and spiritual vision of the world, and manipulated reality with exaggerated brushstrokes and non-realistic colors.

Each student chose a specific emotion that they wanted to convey in their self-portrait. They altered their physical appearance to express their mood-of-choice using multiple visual means such as exaggeration, distortion, simplification, body language, and color choices. This semester, we have been using Adobe Draw on their iPads and exploring the possibilities of digital drawing. Students were given the choice to create their work either digitally or traditionally, creating a gallery of portraits that is colorful and dynamic. Can you guess what mood each portrait is expressing? 



Teacher:  Stephanie Teo


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PLEASE NOTE: If your child’s artwork is not featured in one of the Art Show's galleries, they might have been absent or ill on the particular day each group of photos was taken. We want to include all students, so please note that any omissions are not intentional.


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