Graduates –

Grades are now complete if you’d like to see how it all turned out.  If you’re interested in your written final or your ethics essay test, please stop by tomorrow and get them.

Thank you for the honor of working with you.  It has truly been an enjoyable year.  I have just finished reading the written portion of your finals and appreciate the insights you have shared.  I want to thank you for your candor and wisdom that you shared.

Though your next years will certainly bring new challenges to your life, I hope you are excited and prepared to meet them with enthusiasm.  As for me, I have enjoyed being part of your high school experience.  Please go on to do great things and return someday to tell me all about them.  I look forward to that day.


Mr. Braman

As you put up your art installations on Friday, June 5th…

Be sure to follow what you’ve proposed and follow school rules.  If you have a poster or something similar, be sure to monitor your work in case immature students attack it. And make sure, also, that you do not leave anything behind – no pen marks, staples, nor adhesive.

Don’t forget both to document your work existed (take a photo) and make written observations about how people interacted with your art.  What did they say?  Do?  How did your art influence the students?  the culture of Skyline?

The ToK Art Unit

Though some of you have yet to finish the ethics unit test [The ONLY makeup will be Wednesday am at 8:45-9:45], we are moving in to the Art Unit.

You will craft an art proposal today and have it approved by Mr. B before you move forward with constructing the project, then work Wednesday and Thursday to build/present it.  On Friday, you will make observations of different installations and craft a written reflection.

Guerilla art is a fun and stealthy way of sharing your vision with the world. It is a method of art making which entails leaving anonymous art pieces in public places. It can be done for a variety of reasons, to make a statement, to share your ideas, to foster discussion within a community, to send out good karma, or just for fun. Guerilla artists often have a belief in the importance of making art without attachment to the outcome. They do something that has nothing to do with making money, listening to the ego, or earning praise.

Consider Guerilla art as one option for your assignment.

Remember, that this is not the time for the philosophical discussion suggesting all is art.  To turn in a rock, or to do a stick drawing is not going to cut it.  Your purpose is to create art that will inspire thought in individuals.  What thoughts you hope to inspire is up to you.

Now, it is unacceptable for you do anything illegal, inappropriate, potentially life-threatening, unsafe, or possibly preventing the learning of others. Though this isn’t the place for mischief, there is something wonderfully interesting about provoking thought by leaving some form of art in public places.

 Possible Formats  

Sidewalk chalk         Sticker art                  Object leave behinds (money, gifts, junk)
Flyers/posters           Painting/drawing     Performance Art (theatre, music, mime, etc.)

Public Art Display Project Rubric  [these will earn a failing grade for Display]

Is displayed publicly

Disrupts the learning of others

Interacts with the intended audience

Reflects an investment of time, thought

Causes damage or leaves a mess for others to clean

Breaks school rules or creates a dangerous situation

Is purposeful in content and presentation Does not get noticed by a substantial # of people

Art Evaluations: Written Plan    /25      Display     /50     Reflection    /50

Reflection ideas:  a) How did people react to/interact with your art?  b) What did you learn (about self, peers, art, artists) by doing the project? c) How would you do things differently? [2+ pg] due on the day of the Final

Quality Reflections include specific examples including at least one example of public art  in their analysis.