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Wednesday September 27, 2017 at 4:50pm Age: 1 year
Category: High School, District


Using masking tape of different colors as their medium, 9 to 12-grade students in Cayla Tangney’s studio art created a perspective installation, resulting in several new murals along the high school’s front hallway.

An art installation involves the permanent or temporary transformation of a space using any number and type of materials. Perspective in art is a technique used to create the illusion of space and depth on a flat surface.

The project began with a class discussion about horizon lines, vanishing points, horizontal versus vertical, and parallel versus converging lines.

Working on their sketchbooks over the course of four days, students learned new ways to show 1-point perspective: they drew floating blocks, a bird’s eye-view of a city, frontal views of a city and city street, and a receding hallway.

In the final perspective assignment, students were introduced to the tape mural project, and each shared individual sketch ideas with his/her group. A week after testing their mural templates on classroom tables, students implemented their final ideas on the hallway walls.

The project's rubric involced six components: creativity, craftsmanship, construction, group participation, conduct, and a self-reflection. The last step was a class critique of each group’s work.

Student Reflections…

  • "Our group had good communication and we each participated in a different way that made the result great. I thought that the patience it took to put the tape down helped making it more precise." —Alex Schoellig, junior
  • "Our group worked pretty well.  We had fun and also got our work done." —Joey Colantuono, freshman
  • "I think the project was fun and it built friendships." —Jocelynn Brassfield, sophomore