This young eco artist was inspired by the work of Chris Jordan who photographs tiny pieces of plastic and creates artwork that resembles famous artwork such as Hokusai's, Under the Great Wave". We had explored Chris Jordan's work earlier and he decided that he would like to create art based on Alma Woolsey Thomas', The Eclipse. He was very concerned about copyright issues. I assured him that we would give credit where credit is due.
Today near the end of our meeting, the club members decided it was time to choose a name. Initially they like Eco Art Club, but they thought that was too boring. So they focused on the word Earth with emphasis on the word art then with more thought our unofficial president added Omega to Plastic, meaning End to Plastic. This is wonderful, because it sums up what the club does quite nicely. Now our ECO Art Club now has a very precise purpose. Great job Mr. Martinez! It was approved by all and now we need t-shirts.
Each year art teachers in Dallas ISD are required to choose two pieces of artwork from each grade level for our Youth Art Month Show. The district then chooses at least one piece per school to represent in the district art show. This year we had two chosen and one was a piece from this plastic project. I am so proud and excited that this will be on display for the rest of our district to see. Congratulations to the artist!
You can see it at the Youth Art Month Show at the African American Museum at Fair Park in Dallas, TX April 5 -April 15.
The art club students are currently working on a new collaborative piece of art. Each student is making a colored pane of plastic to look like stained glass. They are linking them together with wire. The plan is to hang them in the atrium of our school to be seen from the upstairs hallways and from the atrium as well. Our school recently removed
some very tired flags and the art club is eager to add some color to these very dull areas. we will in hopes brighten the school and raise awareness of the effects of plastics on our campus.