Exhibition Night

Last Friday, from 6-9pm, was exhibition night at school. We have exhibition night once a trimester as a way for students to show off their work to the public. Students display at least one piece of work from one of their classes. There were music performances throughout the evening, food and artwork for sale, robot programming and rube goldberg demonstrations, student presentations, and a live DNA extraction demo! There is so much energy, pride, and an authentic sense of accomplishment.

This is part of a superheroes project students did in art class. The red is painted on the wall!

This is part of a superheroes project students did in art class. The red is painted on the wall!

This is also part of the art students' installment on superheroes.

This is also part of the art students' installment on superheroes.

    A 9th grader's painting as part of the art unit on the elements & principles of design. This originiated as a still life drawing, which was then distorted on the computer, and eventually turned into a painting.

A 9th grader's painting as part of the art unit on the elements & principles of design. This originiated as a still life drawing, which was then distorted on the computer, and eventually turned into a painting.

I know this photo is a bit blurry... It's another 9th grader's elements & principles of design project.

I know this photo is a bit blurry... It's another 9th grader's elements & principles of design project.

A 10th grader's self-portrait for art class. Not pictured is the lengthy artist's statement, which is equally impressive!

This is the hallway where pizza, t-shirts, and art were sold and the DNA extractions took place. In this picture, you can sort of see the superheroes' tools hanging from the ceiling.

This is the hallway where pizza, t-shirts, and art were sold and the DNA extractions took place. In this picture, you can sort of see the superheroes' tools hanging from the ceiling.

Live DNA extractions! Students were in lab coats!

This is my 10th grade student's As I Lay Dying project. It represents the character Addie Bundren, her hatred of words, and her relationship with the other characters in the book. In addition to an artistic piece, students also wrote an artist's statement and essay.

This is another student's As I Lay Dying project. You can't see the whole piece because I zoomed in.

This is another student's As I Lay Dying project. You can't see the whole piece because I zoomed in.

Another impressive As I Lay Dying project!

Part of a 10th grade student's Industrial Revolution project for history class.

This is the room where history projects were on display. I teach two classes in here.

Art students actually created this last trimester, but I love it so much I wanted to include it. It's a geometric art piece in one of the math rooms.

Art students actually created this last trimester, but I love it so much I wanted to include it. It's a geometric art piece in one of the math rooms.

Looking at all these photos, you might think that I teach at a school for the arts. While we have a fabulous art program (and teacher!), our charter does not put any more emphasis on the arts than, say, math. I think that part of it is that we are at a project-based school, so there is a lot of emphasis placed on demonstrating knowledge and learning through projects, presentations, and writing.

We have so many talented kids!!

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