An imaginative, integrated art project conceived by Bonnie Kwon, one of the MAE teacher candidates at the Open Alternative School – AUSB’s Professional Development partner school – was submitted and won first place at the SB Fair and Expo. The project was developed in relation to a unit of study on biographies for cooperating teacher Lisa Kirwan. Here is an excerpt from Kwon’s description of the project:
“This art project was a reflection of Mexican-born painter, Frida Kahlo, who has been celebrated as an emblematic figure of her culture, heritage, and tradition. She also displayed a dynamic style of painting, which made her recognized as one of the most influential female artists to this day. Our art project focused on 3 core elements, which Frida often conveyed in her work of color, theme, and emotion.
“Through many hardships, Frida found relief and comfort through art by revealing her inner self through her work. Our students have done the same by painting things that parallel with the key components that are seen through Frida’s work. They have displayed images that are significant to them and their lives or conveyed an interest, passion, or feeling that is reflective of them and included a write-up explaining what their painting is and how it is a self-reflection of their identity.
“This was an art project that inspired our students to portray themselves in an honest and truthful manner and we hope you enjoy their presentation of sincerity.”