Valley academy of arts and sciences
lead teacher: michael hornyak
Based on Surface Tension, the Skirball exhibition by Gonzales-Day, students in my AP Studio class developed signs and graphics that explored their communities and small independent businesses of the San Fernando Valley. During the second part of the grant, students explored the graphics of t-shirts design and the rich connection between art, graphics and identity. The introduction of silkscreening was important to their development of unique art mediums that will become important during the AP Art Portfolio examination.
With support from the principal, I was able to develop a faculty PD in which the entire faculty was present. The overarching objective for faculty was to individually design a t-shirt, implementing silkscreen processes to strengthen interest in faculty-sponsored clubs, departments, or Advisory classes. My AP students helped in the lesson by aiding faculty with the silkscreen process as well as troubleshooting. This was a rewarding experience for the students by giving them a chance to switch roles and teach the teachers a lesson in art.
Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity. With the grant money, I was able to buy the supplies to make over 50 silkscreens. I have already received requests from student groups and faculty asking to use the screens to develop class and club projects.