It’s Homecoming week at Austin High School! This week the school liaisons were greeted by students dressed up for Formal Day, wearing dresses and ties, awaiting the announcement of the homecoming court coronation. Despite the excitement in the hallways, students came into class ready to work on their ofrendas, which have come along quite nicely in the past week. Two-dimensional surfaces are now blooming with silk flowers. Solid colored surfaces have been transformed with tissue paper and photographs. Students are adding three-dimensional elements carved from foam and clay, including rocks, boats and chairs. It is incredible how the classroom as a whole has transformed over the past week.
As the ofrendas near completion, students will begin their artist statements. This process is a bit daunting for many of them, but it is an important step in creating a meaningful ofrenda. Students will be asked to reflect on their artistic process, explain to viewers why they made the decisions they did and discuss the details of their project. Though writing assignments are not typically a favorite activity for students, especially in art class, this particular reflection takes the ofrenda project to a whole new level, making it personal for the student as well as the audience.