Archive for April, 2010

HEArt at Starr King – T-shirt stamping

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Starr King 4th and 5th graders learned a simple method of stamp-making, using rubber erasers and paint pens.  The students each got to design their own t-shirt using their stamps and colorful fabric markers.  They were encouraged to focus on the fashions they like best and to create fun patterns with their stamps.  The glow in the dark marker was the greatest hit!

Joseph's beautiful t-shirt

HEArt at ISA

Monday, April 26th, 2010

This week, ISA students began their third mural of the year.  This time the students are painting on portable boards that can hang anywhere in the school.  The whimsical mural depicts a puzzle of the cityscape that students see from their school at the top of Potrero Hill.  Some of the puzzle pieces are missing and others fly away, transforming into painterly clouds.   The puzzle pieces signify the role that each student has in shaping his or her neighborhood, and the constant rebuilding and reconfiguring that’s necessary in a healthy community.  The puzzle piece cityscape is framed by bright sunflower-shaped flowers, representing growth and vital positivity.

Mural painting day 1 - Blue wash

Kingston and Celeste practice a value wash

HEArt at Chavez – Mural painting begins!

Monday, April 26th, 2010

On Wednesday, HEArt Chavez began painting a new mural in the 8th grade corridor.

From left, blazing flames represent the risks and struggles students face on a day to day basis, and the hardship that the students must overcome in order to succeed.  Carrying a positive message, the flames are also a symbol of purification, cleansing and rebirth as the students find their paths toward healthy lifestyles at school and beyond.  The metamorphosis of a butterfly is depicted as an analogy for the students’ growth and transformation from 6th through 8th grade. The butterfly evolves from the right, beginning as a simple caterpillar climbing into the foreground, resting in the chrysalis until it finally emerges, fully transformed into a beautiful adult butterfly. In the middle, a girl holds up a peace sign, urging for peace in her community. A typical EPA street scene is depicted behind her, showing that the girl is using her own inner strength to create positive change in her home community.  On the right, an 8th grader ascends the stairs to meet a hand extending his Chavez diploma as he graduates to high school.  On the right, the ivy surrounding the diploma and stairs is a symbol of growth, strength and friendship.   The EPA foothills and blue sky rest in the background.

Check back for weekly updates on our progress!

Painting Day 1 - Opposite Colors

Census Art Contest Winners

Friday, April 16th, 2010

MMAP is excited to announce Census Art Competition winners from San Mateo High School!

First Place – Emma Phillips –
Second Place – David Huang
Third Place – Betty Shen

First Place – Ashley Louie
Second Place – Luis Hernandez
Third Place – Avigail Bautista

First Place – David Arima
Second Place – Juan De Los Santos
Third Place – Andre Gobrera

First Place – Becka Asbury
Second Place – Ann Zeng
Third Place – Ember Caulton

HEArt at Starr King – The perfect globe

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

Continuing on our sculpture skills, Starr King students learned how to make paper mache globes.  It was a messy endeavor, but the students had a lot of fun!  Before beginning, each student considered the top seven most important things in an ideal world.  Next week they’ll get to decorate their globes, with each of the seven continents representing those seven ideals.

Seven ideals for seven continents

Friends and globes

HEArt at Chavez – Tree house havens

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

The students blew us away with their excitement and creativity in creating their tree house safe havens.  Photos don’t do justice to the architecture behind these awesome sculptures!  The students spent hours crafting the logistics of building walls, roofs, staircases, swing sets, airplanes and pools for their utopian getaways.  Below are some of the standouts.

Teen Art Instructor Monica!

HEArt at ISA – Perspective drawing

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

After a relaxing spring break, the ISA students got back into the nitty-gritty of perspective drawing.  Below is a beautiful exemplar of one of our 6th graders.  This week will be a big one as we finish the watercolor on these drawings and begin the new mural on the playground.

Rockin the perspective

HEArt of the City – A new session begins at Costano

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

Inspired by the “SOUL” of the last mural, a new crew of Costano students gets the chance to learn the art of mural painting.  This time the mural will be exclusively acrylic painting and so the students are beginning again with basic color and design principles.  The class has already touched on still life, color theory, value drawing, and portraiture. We’re all excited to see what they come up with!

Showing off her Cezanne-style still life