The Rockwell is excited to collaborate with the Corning-Painted Post Area School District and the Southeast Steuben County Library on a new student exhibit and outreach project, blending art-making with digital technology. The exhibit will be on view in the Student Gallery (second floor) of The Rockwell through March 11, 2018.
Art teacher Mrs. Megan Wukovitz and her eighth-grade Digital Art classes at Corning-Painted Post Middle School created digital collages and three-dimensional printed stars inspired by the night sky and three contemporary Native American works of art.
This program involved 140 middle school students through an innovative outreach initiative which took place in the classroom. Through a video that featured selected pieces from The Rockwell collection, the students were prompted to think about themes emphasized in the artwork including symbolism, cultural heritage, identity, astronomy and the night sky.
Through this project, Mrs. Wukovitz introduced students to Adobe Photoshop and taught them how to digitally manipulate, scan and create images using layering techniques, transparency, and geometry. Students experimented with the digital tools to incorporate personal symbols, stories, and messages into their one-of-a-kind creations.
The sky is a catalyst for many themes connected to this program. Students studied artworks from the Rockwell collection that explore personal identity and cultural heritage. Through mixed media and non-conventional portraits, sky images are integrated into many of these works of art, illuminating nature and the spiritual connection indigenous cultures have to planets and stars in the night sky.