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The Waukesha State Bank Art Gallery Presents: Waukesha South High School

The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (abridged) Mixed-Media Project

Waukesha South High School

The artworks in this exhibit were created by Drawing & Painting II students at Waukesha South High School. As a mixed media project, students explored various mediums including colored pencil, watercolor, and acrylic paint. Many of the works were collaged as a way of layering and extending the idea.

Traditionally, students have developed and created artworks through direct and indirect observations. This refers to drawing from life or using a resource to draw from, analyzing the subject and most times trying to recreate its likeness. The approach for this project challenged the norm. Students researched text from Shakespeare’s poetry and plays. Some put a contemporary twist to their work as in Shook-speare and Blood and Poison. Several students incorporated the disaster of Hamlet’s overthinking as in The Thought of Doom: What Happens When You Think, Don’t Waste Your Love, and The Lingering Thought of Madness Against the Danish, Starry Sky.

In She Will Move Mountains (Sophia), a student acknowledged a friend as her source of inspiration. Text was the resource used to guide their solutions. Of course, image and design supplemented the text – it was left to their interpretations.

All students wish to extend their gratitude for the opportunity to create works for the play and collaborate with the Waukesha Civic Theatre.

Theresa Leal

Art Instructor

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The Waukesha State Bank Art Gallery Presents: Waukesha South High School

The artworks in this exhibit were created by art students at Waukesha South High School. The thirty-three-day project challenged students to briskly produce artworks inspired by Moisés Kaufman’s play, 33 Variations. Various mediums and materials were explored.

The use of sheet music was a popular collage material. In Collection of Diabelli Variations, the student listened to the entire set, purchased the sheet music, and highlighted four variations by their tempo/mood. Master of Music was completely built with bits of sheet music in the likeness of Beethoven. Overall, sheet music and other paper products created a rich texture to the surfaces of many artworks.

Students examined certain themes to guide their work. Some students incorporated thirty-three components into their work such as flowers and human heads. To many, the brain symbolized ALS, the vehicle for creativity, or physical ability. The color blue was also used to represent the disease. The ear symbolized hearing loss; the heart symbolized energy and passion despite deteriorating physical abilities. Warm colors were used to show intensity and creative energy.

Some students took a personal approach by relating to their own specialty or uniqueness. In the piece, Hearing…My Wings, the student incorporated her ear/hearing aid in place of the painted eye which was a portrait-style jewelry fad of the late 1700’s. Another showcased her creativity in a painting of her trumpet.

Even though the subject matter was interpreted individually and described in a compartmentalized way, an overall commonality existed: passion and creativity endure.

Theresa Leal

Art Instructor