Luther Burbank Center for the Arts is pleased to exhibit artwork created by students in the community. The current exhibit features work from students attending Baechtel Grove Middle School in Willits, CA, in Mendocino County.
The project was led by artist and educator Laurie Burghardt who teaches 6th – 8th grades. Burghardt said, “We had studied about gray scale and proportion and this was the perfect project to end the 3rd quarter.”
The project, which is the culmination of 3rd quarter curriculum, is part art and part math. Students learned a technique that involves creating grids that enable them to transfer the position of elements from a photograph to a larger piece. It is an approach that artists commonly use to improve both drawing and observational skills.
The process involves carefully working from a grid over an image—in this case a copy of a photograph. Students then create a grid on a clean sheet of paper. Once the second grid is complete, students work methodically, literally inch by inch, from the top left corner to the bottom right taking care not to blur lines.
Students were pleased with their work, though several found the project to be a lot harder than expected. As one student, reflected, “It was complicated, but fun.”
LBC has had on ongoing exhibit of student artwork since 2008. We are especially pleased to be able to showcase this incredible project from students in a neighboring county.
Thank you to “Mrs. B” and to talented students from Baechtel Grove Middle School. Please take a few minutes to enjoy their work.
The exhibit is open to the public through July 2017.