We the Kids, We the People

Our school art program culminates in an end-of-year project called the Collaborative Art Piece. Each class works together to create a piece of art that goes on auction at our school’s spring fundraiser. The only requirement is that all students have a hand in the process. This is piece we made for my daughter’s fifth grade class.

You’ve seen this, the original by Shepard Fairey, no doubt.

I took that image, traced it roughly onto a 24×36″ canvas and cut it into a 6×7 grid. At school each kid got a rectangle (there are 32 kids in the class, each kid did at least one, a couple did a few) without knowing what the source image was and filled in their rectangle(s) with pieces of torn magazine paper. All the color choices were theirs, I only marked the outlined sections as warm color, cool color, and dark or light skin tone. We did the whole thing in about an hour, at home I assembled and framed the final piece before returning it to class. We were very pleased with the results.

The piece went on auction yesterday and was purchased for $1400 (the total raised from all 22 classes was just short of $9000). That money will go to the PTA and back into the art program.