Art Is Life
|Frida Art Deco by Andrea Zaragoza|
Advanced Placement Art Instructor Dr. Margaret Long comments on the joys and challenges of teaching Advanced Placement Art, the Art Deco Movement, and the latest exhibits at CVHS’s Gallery 97:
On Teaching Advanced Placement Art:
Picasso once said, “Art is the lie that makes us realize the truth.” There is a wonderful truth in artistic expression. AP Studio Art brings artistic expression to the max. Students are required to reach into the deepest recesses of their imagination to expose themselves to the world. Teaching AP Art has been the most rewarding—and the most difficult job—I have ever done. Each day is a new experience for both students and teacher. Art is where the world is revealed to the seeker.
On the Art Deco Movement:
The first AP project of this school year is about Art Deco. While travelling to San Francisco this summer I came across an Art Deco exhibit. The show included everything Art Deco from photographs, advertising, clothing, inventions, modern appliances, and furniture. The first week of school I gave the Art Deco (c. 1925-1940) assignment to the AP and Advanced/Art II students in Period 6. They were to create an Art Deco Design based upon their research of this period in art. As luck would have it, Mr. Carlin’s neighbor gave him a load of unfinished frames, which he gave to me! The artists then designed their own finished frames to suit their original art.
|Artist Andrea Zaragoza|
The Art Deco style, adopted by architects and designers around the world, spanned the "Roaring Twenties," the Great Depression of the early 1930s, and the years leading up to the Second World War. It suffered a decline in popularity during the late ‘30s and early ‘40s, when it began to be seen as too gaudy and ostentatious for wartime austerity, after which it quickly fell out of fashion. The first resurgence of interest in Art Deco occurred in the 1960s—coincident with the movement's affect on Pop Art—and then again in the 1980s, in line with growing interest in graphic design. The style appeared in a number of jewelry and fashion ads.
On Coachella Valley High’s Gallery 97:
Last year Mrs. Perez graciously arranged to dedicate Room 97 near the cafeteria to be an Art Gallery. You can see the name of the gallery written on the wall: Galleria 97. We will have a showing of the Art Deco Paintings and ceramics pieces from Mr. Escobedo’s classes, beginning Tuesday, October 6 and ending on Tuesday, October 27. If you would like to see the exhibit you can come to room 87 (the room with the mural) any time, and I will have a Docent take you on a tour of the current Gallery 97 Showing.
Up-Coming Gallery Exhibits:
On Monday, November 2, the art classes will have a one-day showing of their Dia de los Muertos paintings from all my classes, and ceramic works from Mr. Escobedo’s classes. It is only a one-day showing; so don’t miss this wonderful Day of the Dead exhibit.
Thursday, November 5 through Friday, November 27 we will be showing the Art Techno pieces (c. 1990-2015) created as a response to our modern-day technology. I think you will enjoy the exciting rendition of Art Techno.
|Stencil by Albert Lopez, 2015|
Dr. Margaret "Peggy" Long