In the midst of all the all that is currently happening, I have the privilege of spending this summer making art with the teens participating in the Upward Bound program on the South Seattle College campus. This group of students is by far the most diverse group of students I have ever worked with. These teens are smart, sassy, motivated and teach me what it means to love life and make this world a better place.
I challenged the students in our first project to make minimalist social message posters. As is often the case with large groups of students, some of them latched on to the art techniques and process better than others. But all of the students took the opportunity to create a social message and image that communicated something they cared deeply about. With their permission, I display some of their posters here (more to come later, possibly). Here's how these students want to make the world better:
Adrian M. "There are other ways to get around without using your car (and emitting CO2 into the atmosphere)."
Joncarlo C. "I was attempting to convey the message to set your goals high. I did this by having clouds in a blue background (sky) and having a target so you're literally aiming high."
Elizabeth S. "The message I was trying to get across is to use kind words/choose kind words. I use mean words "drowning" someone to show the effect of choosing mean words.
Nouci H. "How pollution isn't pretty and that it isn't good for us/environment. I made this a visual by using the skyline silhouette to show a local place that could be affected by pollution."
Sabrina P. "I wanted to create a positive message so my message is "speak up for what is right."
Abel B. "Overall I'm just trying to convey how police are more superior and get away with police brutality that is racially biased towards black people."
Abner D. "The message I was trying to convey was peace. Because there is a lot of war. Also, world peace would be better than war."
Rebecca Joy Mohrlang
I like to make art from trash and discarded items. Follow along if you are interested.