visual arts at MBHS  

Projects from Our Art and Culture Classes

This page shows sample products from the course. Descriptions by the teacher are included so you can understand what's going on in the photo and get a better sense of what you might do if you signed up for the course. Works displayed here are original works of art by Blair students, who have rights of copyright to them. These works are not to be copied by others. Identification of the student artists by name is avoided in order to maintain the school's commitment to protecting the identity, privacy and security of its students. Credits are posted only with the written permission of the student and his/her parent or guardian.

Course Numbers
Art and Culture: #6454/6455

Pre-Historic Cave Art - Students researched pre-historic cave art and were able to create images that resemble images that are found on cave walls. Students used a mixture of pigment powder and oil and painted by candle light to come up with pre-historic cave images. (Click on any image to enlarge it.)

Australian dot paintings - Through research of Australian cave paintings, students would pick an animal and develop a painting that told a story through the use of symbols. (Click on any image to enlarge it.)

Illuminated letters - Through imagery found in ancient manuscripts, students research illuminated letters and are able to create their own. (Click on any image to enlarge it.)

Islamic Art - Students learn about the mathematics behind Islamic Art and were able to draw images made up of repeated patterns and shapes. (Click on any image to enlarge it.)

Oaxacan Sculptures - Students develop an understanding of Oaxacan sculptures, made by Mexican Folk Artists who carved animals out of wood and painted them with bright colors. Students then create their own sculpture out of recycled materials and paint them as Mexican Folk Artists did. (Click on any image to enlarge it.)

African Textiles - Students create a woven textile from start to finish by beginning with a handmade loom, and creating a geometric design to be replicated with yarn. (Click on any image to enlarge it.)

Coil Baskets - After learning about the Sweet grass basket tradition in South Carolina, students are able to create their own coil baskets. Through video and readings students come to understand the traditions and the qualities of a good basket. (Click on any image to enlarge it.)

Information/content on this page was updated January 12, 2015.