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|Project Title: ||Block Printing|
|School Year: ||2008|
|School - District:||Salem Academy Charter School - Salem Academy Charter (District)|
|Contact Name:||Rachel Hunt|
|Contact Phone:||(978) 744-2105|
|Grades:||9, 10, 11|
|Brief Description of SL Project: |
Students learned various block printing techniques as well as illustration concepts, which they applied to an educational book about a selected topic. Books were targeted at teenagers and families.
|The Community Need the Project is Meeting:|
The project addressed the need for information by students and the general public around issues related to health, wellness and social interaction. Topics addressed were: safe teen dating developing healthy relationships, abuse prevention, safety, teen pregnancy, bullying in schools, living with diabetes, and role models for service.
|Service Component: |
This project was carried out via an art course on print-making. Students brainstormed ideas for service as a group, under the understanding that the identified need had to match the content of our course. After some preliminary web research around issues that affect teens, looking at statistics and holding class discussions, students narrowed down the topics based on interest and relevance for their immediate community.
Students split into teams based on interest and they researched their selected issue on the web as well as in books and publications. Some students interviewed experts from the community in their own time. They decided to create books, illustrated with prints to advocate on behalf of these issues.
|Connections with Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: |
Students will be able to:
-Demonstrate idea development process through sketches.
-Use basic principles of composition.
-Prepare scale, detailed sketches in preparation for block cutting.
-Obtain a clear print out of a woodcut.
-Obtain a clear print out of a linoleum block.
-Use printmaking to express artistic concepts.
-Create handmade books using illustrations and type.
-Organize relevant and appropriate information about an identified issue.
-Evaluate the effectiveness and feasibility of possible solutions.
-Provide accurate information and answer questions on their topic in oral and/or written form following established rubrics.
-Identify an issue in the community to address through a service project.
The following assessments were used:
-Students were assessed based on a portfolio of their work on all art benchmarks. Each benchmark is represented by an actual product which was used to assess it.
-Preliminary research discussions and hard copies of their research summary.
-Preliminary presentations to the whole class, final presentation
-Students observation throughout process.
The following activities were implemented to address these standards and benchmarks:
-Multiple preparatory drawings
-Web research, surveys, group discussions
|How Youth Voice Helps Shape Project:|
All issues brought up for consideration were student’s suggestions. Students selected which of the four topics finally selected they were interested in working with. Also students wrote their books independently with some guidance, and they had complete creative control over their designs, prints and illustrations.
|Student Reflection Component: |
The group reflected through discussion and through presentation of their work to the school as well as in class discussions and written assignments.
|Community Partners Involved: |
No community partners were used in this project but classes might consider partnering with local print or book makers or experts on the topics to be illustrated i.e. domestic violence specialists, local health clinic, or the police department.
|Demonstration/Celebration of Students' Work: |
The culmination of this project was a class celebration, reflection and a demonstration to the school.
|Evaluation of Project’s Impact:|
Books were finished and are scheduled to be published online. The impact cannot be assessed yet, but potentially thousands of young people could be impacted.
|Challenges/Solutions Identified by District:|
The most significant challenges to the project centered around time. Students were able to learn printmaking skills and develop books which raise awareness of real needs amongst teens. However, they did not feel that they had adequate time to publish these books to a large audience.
* NOTE: This project summary was written by the district/community. Any text in italics was added or modified by the Department (ESE). Most of these projects were supported with Learn & Serve America funds distributed through the ESE.