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2017 Art Exhibit

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The Mary B. Martin School of the Arts Volunteer Appreciation Celebration was held on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017. Ms. Ellen Pitts, University School Art Instructor, with students in Kindergarten, First, Second, and Eighth grades provided works of art which represented various artists and art eras of the past.

During class, students enjoyed learning about such topics as prehistoric art and Roman and Greek mosaic work from those cultures that lived long ago. From the modern period, they incorporated Kandinsky circles.

Kindergarten - After reading a book called "The Secret Cave - Discovering Lascaus", Kindergarten students discussed the book and the information it contained.  We talked about select colors that were seen and then using crayons they colored in their cave painting page.  They traced their hand and colored it as well, which was also reminiscent of what they saw on the cave walls in the book.

First Grade - Kandinsky Circles.  Wassaily Kandinsky was a Russian painter.  He is given credit for the first purely abstract piece of art.  He is quoted as saying that all art begins with a dot.  Using a page that represented his circle paintings, first grade students used crayons to add color to the concentric circles.

Second Grade - Mosaic Work.  Second grade students learned what Mosaic is and how it was done long ago.  Using a reproduced page they created a color pattern for the square shapes.  Some students went on to do an additional work in a mosaic style.

Students in eighth grade were given a reproduction of a famous art work to render in colored pencil, trying to match the original as best they could. In addition to the art work, the students learned about art history, individual artists and some of the methods and styles these artists used in their work.

A big thank you to Ms. Pitts and all of the students for providing the party favors and decor for the event!

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2016 Art Exhibit

This year for the Mary B. Martin volunteer event, we allowed more participation from the younger students.  All the students who provided a picture were given printed copies of musical instruments and other musically themed images to use as ideas and starting points.

The classes who donated a picture included 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th and 8th grades.  A variety of drawing mediums were used.  Some of the images were incorporated into the volunteer party favors.  Others were combined to form collages for the table decorations.

 
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2015 Art Exhibit

For the last 4 years, the University School elementary art program has been working with the Mary B. Martin Foundation to provide art work that is used at the annual volunteer dinner.  This year the volunteer event will include a poetry reading by Jesse Graves, one of the University's English professors. Mr. Graves will be reading from his book on Appalachian Poetry. Our elementary art students are surprising him not only with student art work, but poems as well. 

Art work and poetry by our Elementary Students (Grades 1-8) will be on display for this event.

 
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2014 Art Exhibit

University Middle School Art students created "Kudzu Ants" for the 2014 picnic themed Volunteer Appreciation Dinner for the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts , held on Thursday, April 24th, 2014.  The following Photos represent the creation process outlined below.  

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Ms. Pitts' Description of "Kudzu Ant" Creation Process

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#1- I was given the Volunteer Dinner PICNIC theme to work with.  The first thing that popped into my head was ants.  This was inspired by Patrick Dougherty, who recently constructed a stickworks project on the ETSU campus.  I gave the students some pictures of ants and they made a few sketches that were simplified to represent the fact that the natural materials would not allow for great detail.

#2- We started with an inner structure to support the weight of the sculpture.  Our support structure was a long sturdy stick with 3 short sticks that crossed at 90 degree angles with the main one (backbone)-at intervals that would support the structure and would represent the places where legs would be found on an ant's body.   The short ones were like hip joints to support the  legs. Once the 3 cross sticks were in place  by lashing them to the backbone- we checked sturdiness and made sure there was little movement.

#3- Next we added the legs- segments of KUDZU vine about 2-3 lashed together for strength and then lashed to the "hip" segments.  The legs were then bent downward and the "knee" joint was fixed by lashing from the "knee' to the "backbone".

#4- Next came wads of molded newspaper into ovals on top of the backbone and under the backbone so they would appear as ovals to represent the segments of the ants body.  At this point the sculptures were starting to look like ants.  The balls of newspaper were fixed to each other and to the existing structure with masking tape.

#5- Kudzu vines were taken and cut into segments about 12 inches long.  These were then split in half lengthwise.  They were then lined next to each other onto a piece of masking tape in a line about 5 inches long and then pressed onto the END of each ant.  These ends were then bent over to mold over the end and were attached underneath with another piece of masking tape.   This step was repeated  with the segments being bent on top of the first set to cover most of the end of the ant at the head and the abdomen.

#6- Kudzu vines were prepared , harvesting the vines from the woods, which we placed in a bucket.  The kudzu was hand split into halves or quarters depending on thickness.  Some pieces were a very thin strip of thin bark, almost like string.  Others were sturdier and a larger diameter that would cover newspaper well.  Students then wrapped the pieces of vine over the newspaper, tucking it in at the beginning and end in a fashion that would hold it.  Throughout most of the steps, the word "tension" was always addressed.

#7- After the body was covered, including the places where the body segments were joined, each of the six legs were wrapped with the thinner type pieces of vine.

#8- Some of the students gave a name to their ant and the antennae were done last, by sticking a piece of Kudzu vine into the head that was fashioned into the desired curvature.

The ants were then used as decorations, placed in artificial trees, surrounding the dinner tables!

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2013 Art Exhibit

Slide show below shows art work done for the 2013  Mary B. Martin School of the Arts Volunteer Appreciation Event.  University School Elementary and Middle School art students helped make woven heart-shaped baskets which held two origami flowers complete with leaves, stems, stamens, and pistils.  The baskets were also decorated with Spring butterflies and green inch worms. The flowers were presented during the April 16th Annual Dinner. Art classes involved were grades 3, 4, 5, and 8.  Great job, Artistic Bucs!!!!! 

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    Mary B. Martin School of the Arts Volunteer Appreciation Event

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    Mary B. Martin School of the Arts Volunteer Appreciation Event

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    Mary B. Martin School of the Arts Volunteer Appreciation Event

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    Mary B. Martin School of the Arts Volunteer Appreciation Event

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    Mary B. Martin School of the Arts Volunteer Appreciation Event

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    Mary B. Martin School of the Arts Volunteer Appreciation Event

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    Mary B. Martin School of the Arts Volunteer Appreciation Event

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    Mary B. Martin School of the Arts Volunteer Appreciation Event

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    Mary B. Martin School of the Arts Volunteer Appreciation Event

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    Mary B. Martin School of the Arts Volunteer Appreciation Event

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    Mary B. Martin School of the Arts Volunteer Appreciation Event

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    Mary B. Martin School of the Arts Volunteer Appreciation Event

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    Mary B. Martin School of the Arts Volunteer Appreciation Event

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    Mary B. Martin School of the Arts Volunteer Appreciation Event

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    Mary B. Martin School of the Arts Volunteer Appreciation Event

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    Mary B. Martin School of the Arts Volunteer Appreciation Event

  • Elementary/Middle School Art

    Mary B. Martin School of the Arts Volunteer Appreciation Event

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