Erica Huntzinger AIR, images and thoughts

Hello all! My time at North High has ended. I finished my last week next week and pass the baton to Cooper Diers.

I had such an amazing time and loved engaging with students learning about their multiple creative individual expressions. There are a few projects that are continuing into the second semester. However, for now here are the last pieces that I worked on with students and that I finished myself. Thank you to all of the staff and teachers for their interest and connections and I look forward to seeing you all again.

unnamed-15unnamed-14This is a winter mural project that the students and staff helped to create which is now hanging in the basement hallway. Please take a look at the mural. They worked on it in 3 stages: drawing, painting, collage. This last step of 3-D materials are to reference, snow and wind blowing, ice over a beautiful expressive landscape. It is 5 feet by 24 feet. The students moved their bodies, laughed, focused together and shared a collective creative experience.  They seem very proud of their work so don’t be shy stopping into Beth’s room to respond to their mural and just say a quick hello! I’m sure it would mean a lot.

Below are some of the ceramic pieces that I had finished my last day at school. They were originally created thinking about water and the seas however after glazing them and putting them into the firey kiln…they appear much more rock like and less fluid. I made 28 of these small ceramic pieces sized 2.5″x 2.5″x 1.5″.  Below are just a few of the finished ones.  unnamed-7unnamed-4unnamed-11

There are larger wall hangings that were finished at this time shown below. These are all being added to my ceramic painting cache.

unnamed-copyunnamedunnamed-1

My exhibition of 16 of 48 wooden paintings was great. I loved making them and working with the scrap wood, the teachers and the students that assisted.  Here is an image of the show:img_0804img_0802

Thank you for letting me walk the halls and connect with you. You work so hard to make this the amazing and inspiring place I found North High School to be. Hope 2nd semester goes well for all.

Lastly, thank you to Frank Juarez for all you do.

Erica Jane Huntzinger                                                                              www.ericahuntzinger.com

AIR Happenings as of March 19th

Mind mapping is still going strong in Ms. Cavanaugh and Ms. J’s classes! Below is more of the progress made on these maps during week 2. Everyone is really looking forward to seeing these in their completed forms!

Sara also met with students in Chad Stauber Soik’s Humanities class to help brainstorm ideas for the art component of their current essays which include topics such as religion, hope, and technology. Drawing, photography, and other visual mediums were discussed to figure out how to best present each student’s concept.

In the studio, there are collages and drawings everywhere! Sara has been busy creating pieces for her upcoming two-person show, In Tandem, opening in May at the Frank Juarez Gallery.

Sarcophagus

We picked the sarcophagus and drew it. I like the colors of our design and the different egyptian patterns we made. We drew the side view of the sarcophagus, one shaded and the other colored.

one of our proposed sketches

Submitted by: Kyanna B.

About Anubis

This week, we began our scenery designs for the upcoming school musical, “Aida.” The theme for our group was ‘other,’ so we chose to do Anubis, the Egyptian God of mummification.

one of two proposed sketches

Our design incorporates Anubis with Heiroglyphics and background designs. We are excited to further our design and have it on display during the play.

Submitted by: Morgan P.