Turning Point School Blog

Art Installation Elective
Posted 12/01/2017 09:29AM

In the Art Installation elective class, students in grades 7 and 8 investigated “underwater ocean” themes to create self-directed artworks for the classroom windows. The process began with group brainstorming, sketches, and locating reference material. Students measured window dimensions and used fractions to create proportional drafts, and then worked for several weeks to produce semi-transparent ocean scenes such as a shipwreck, a comic about sea animals eating plastic, hydrothermal sea vents, and more. Students were also asked to come up with two questions related to their work, and do research to answer them thoroughly during the process.

Students then took various leadership roles within the group to direct and edit an informational video about their reasoning and inspiration for the artwork, re-organize the classroom, and invite the greater middle school community to engage in their process at a culminating event.

This project-based, design approach fostered intrinsic motivation and ownership of the environment for the young artists, drawing in multiple levels of participation and subject discipline for a family-style, interactive presentation.


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Turning Point School is an independent, coeducational school providing a premier education to students in the greater Los Angeles area. For over 45 years, we have educated confident, curious, and globally-aware preschool, kindergarten, elementary school, and middle school students.

Located in the heart of Culver City, we enroll students from the west side of Los Angeles including Beverly Hills, Venice, Pacific Palisades, Marina del Rey, Hancock Park, Cheviot Hills, and Playa del Rey.


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