Expressive Painting is used by artists to visually speak about current social problems. Heritage Middle School students have learned to use social issues as the content for their art work. The eighth grade honors art students were assigned to select a social issue that was truly important to them or one that their families discussed together. Their projects will be the focus of Last Friday Art Walk exhibit this Friday at the Palace Theater. Students also held brain storming sessions with their classmates to finalize ideas for visual messages and researched photographs, books, periodicals and the Internet. Students also planned preliminary sketches while working out the details for their compositions.
The students selected a format that best fit their visual message from basic composition methods such as extreme vertical or horizontal, three-spot design, S-shaped, or circular formats. Students had to follow guidelines as they enlarged sketches, such as not using any words to convey messages because the visual image had to carry the content of their message. Additionally, students were required to select a color scheme to express their feelings, to create contrast, mix tints and shades for painting, and apply several different acrylic painting techniques.
To summarize, students were required to write a paragraph to explain their visual message
Following the Last Friday Art Walk the Blount County Library and Knoxville YWCA will host the Big Read screening of the “Grapes of Wrath.” Seating will start at 8:30 p.m., and the presentation begins at 9 p.m. This is a free presentation.