“Our students have been very busy being involved in the art community,” said Genevieve Dismukes, the visual arts teacher at Thoreau.
They indeed have been. Their art is currently on display at two galleries in Tulsa, and the school is competing in the state’s Keep Oklahoma Beautiful contest.
For their entry, the eighth graders embraced this year’s Upcycled theme by using trash to recreate Tulsa’s skyline.
“We went outside one day and collected trash from the school ground, brought it inside, washed it off, and put it on our project. We worked on that for about a week or two. After that we spray painted it,” explained Kate Lowry.
While working on the project, the students did research about Tulsa’s recycling program and wrote essays on the topic.
Anything you can find on the ground can serve a purpose,” said Sophie Torres. “Our recycling [project] catches people’s eyes then they want to recycle more.”
“I like that we can help the environment,” said Kiya Samuel.
Thoreau students also worked on projects inspired by the Fiberworks exhibit at AHHA. Some of their projects will be on display on the third floor of the museum until late November.
The other major project that students have been working on this semester was for the Dia de los Muertos Arts Festival. Genevieve and Spanish teacher Patricia Elizalde both entered their classes, and they both were accepted. The students created elaborate altars that were displayed at Living Arts for all the festival-goers to see.
Now, the students are learning to sculpt with clay. Throughout the year, they will also study printmaking, computer-generated art, drawing, paper sculpture, and mural painting as they create their way through the world of visual arts.