ABOUT THE GRAPHIC NOVEL PROJECT
Empty Bowls 2016 with Mr. Cobern
“Empty Bowls” allows participating artists and groups to create and donate bowls, then serve a simple meal. In some communities, ceramic artists are joined by wood turners, glassblowers, fiber artists, metal smiths, painters, sculptors, and other artists and craftspeople. Guests choose a bowl to use that day and to keep as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. In exchange for the meal, and the bowl, guests contribute a suggested minimum donation. One hundred percent of each meal's proceeds are devoted to local hunger-fighting organizations, such as food banks or soup kitchens, or to national or international charitable groups.
“Empty Bowls” events can be sponsored by local potters and artists organizations, churches, community service organizations and schools. The expressed objectives of “Empty Bowls” are:
Raise as much money as possible to feed the world's hungry people. Lives are in the balance.
Increase awareness of hunger and related issues. Through education, awareness, and action, concerned individuals can change human attitudes that allow hunger to exist.
Advocate for arts education. Nurturing the creative process through the arts enhances the possibility of finding new solutions to old problems.
PMHS students created ceramic soup bowls and organize an Empty Bowls Fundraising event.
CNN describes Empty Bowls as “ the brainchild of artists John Hartom and Lisa Blackburn, using ceramic arts to fight hunger. At each event potters and other artisans donate handcrafted bowls. Guests select one of the bowls and are served a meal of soup and bread. They take home their bowl as a reminder of how many go empty around the world. Money raised is donated to organizations fighting hunger locally, like soup kitchens and food banks, or globally, like Oxfam and Feed the Children. Empty Bowls started as a classroom project, but the movement has spread across the United States and to at least 14 other countries. Events vary between locations because they are independently organized, but all share the Empty Bowls name and mission.”
In 2016 PMHS students raised 1200.00 for the Pittsfield Food Pantry
Art HIstory with Brynne Gaudet
Students will study the different styles and history behind the art
that civilizations used to express and tell stories. We will study from Ancient Egyptian art to Modern art, and create our own artwork that represents our life as students in the different styles from artwork over the years. We will work together to create a final project to display in the school for many years to come. There will be group research and individual research for studying styles from a time period of their choice.
POWER OF ART
How can art make others aware of an injustice in our world today.
How can art make a better world?
Students in the art classes were directed to the Human Rights Watch website and allowed to research and choose their own topic. They were also allowed to choose which art medium they felt would best convey their message. The goal of this assignment was to make others aware of an injustice in our world today, to give a voice to suffering that so few people hear.
In the real world and starting in our own communities, people learn to come together in the need for social justice. Social justice embodies the vision of a society that is equitable and in which all members are physically and psychologically safe.
POETS AND PRINTMAKERS
What are the qualities of good art and writing and how does one intentionally use these qualities to create beautiful expressions of ideas and feelings?
How do writers and artists inspire each other?
PMHS English and Art teachers collaborated to work with student artists and poets in exploriing words and images.