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September 2014: Katie Savage

posted Oct 24, 2014, 8:12 AM by Tom Reeve   [ updated Oct 24, 2014, 8:12 AM ]
Student: Kate Savage
Grade: 12
Teacher: Doug Lack
Course: Advanced Portfolio Honors

This piece marks one of my first ventures into mixed media. This project was assigned in my Art III Honors class with Mr. Lack and was supposed to be the mixed media interpretation of a favorite memory or life event. My experiences at summer camp over the years inspired my work as I chose to include elements from the nature that constantly surrounds me at camp. This piece in particular is part of a series of three under the same theme that was awarded a silver key in mixed media for the scholastic art awards. To make this piece interesting, I focused on developing unique textures with modeling paste, acrylic paint, chalk and many paper collage elements. The use of contrasting colors, purple and orange, and varying dark's and lights show the ever changing light in the woods as day turns to night. My two favorite things to do at camp, photography and rifle shooting, are also expressed in this piece. The image of the fern is part of a negative space photogram I made in the darkroom and the target is one I actually shot at camp. All in all, this piece was incredibly fun to make and encouraged me to explore mixed media more in depth.