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Children's artwork - painting of owl

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Sabino HS Collaborative Arts Project - The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe

Sabino Visual Arts Teacher Michael Speirs and Theatre Arts Teacher Kristian Kissel collaborated on a project designed around The Raven and other works by Edgar Allen Poe. They subdivided passages of text in Poe's writings and assigned passages to their Visual Arts and Theatre Arts students to either record readings or create illustrations based on those passages.

Michael Speirs states, "Coordinating all aspects of this project proved difficult in the remote learning format while the final project is still a work in progress. When completed, the readings and illustrations will be combined into a video. The illustrations for The Raven are however completed and are shared within."

Allina White

A realistic and dramatic graphite drawing of a raven looking straight towards the viewer

Ashley Helberg

A stylized drawing of a rakish man in a raven mask.

Bailey Williams

A man burrying his head in the crook of his arm. Maybe he is wiping away the tears.

Garrett Wallace

Stylized game tiles with symbolic icons--a doorknob, an eye, lips, a finger--on them. A raven sits on the uppermost tile

Giada Mendoza

A charcoal drawing of a raven

Mariah Cox

A double door opening into darkness

Mason Cade

The shadow of a man standing at the window looking out

Rudy Kaipat

A Roman bust with a raven sitting on it

Sophie Estrada

An eye with the word Lenor etched below it.

Vincent Enos

Graphite drawing of a hand reaching toward a doorknob

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Desert Landscapes, Pima County Schools K-6 Art Competition

The Pima County Superintendent's Office and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Art Institute presented a Desert Landscapes Art Competition for all Pima County Schools, Grades K-6th. Over 300 works of art, from students across Tucson, were displayed at The Pima County Super Intendent's Office last March of 2020. 16 were selected to be featured by the Desert Museum by a panel of three judges. Six of these talented artists were from our very own TUSD Schools. The students' artwork can be viewed through a virtual art gallery the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Art Institute, https://www.desertmuseumarts.com/pima-county-schools. Our students' work is featured below.

Jasmine Silva, Tolson Elementary

Jasmine Silva - 3rd Grade, Tolson Elementary, black blue and tempera drawing of saguaros against deep blue sky

Leylani Puentes, Erickson Elementary

Leylani Puentes - 3rd Grade, Erickson Elementary, pastel drawing on colored paper of orange sunset and blue and purple mountains with saguaro and prickly pear and ravens in the sky

Olyvia Pannel, Valencia Middle School

Olyvia Pannell - 6th Grade, Valencia Middle School, colored pencil drawing of prickly paear and Tucson Mountains against clouds in blue sky

Neveah Owens, Erickson Elementary

Neveah Owens - 3rd Grade, Erickson Elementary, crayon drawing of saguaro and snake with purple mountains and orange sky

Marsela Espinoza, Warren Elementary

Maresla Espinoza - 3rd Grade, Warren Elementary, chalk pastel of night sky with constellations over desert

Elena Ash, Warren Elementary

Elana Ash - 1st Grade, Warren Elementary, Watercolor and ink drawing of coyoto on desert landscape

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Mansfeld Middle Magnet School - Illuminated Initials

Students became familiar with the purpose of Medieval illuminated manuscripts, and how they told stories through text and illustration. They also learned how the artisans, scribes, and artists combined their skills and imagination to create Illuminated Manuscripts in Medieval times. Students analyzed examples of Medieval illuminated initials to see how the artists used visual balance, emphasis, layered space, and textural detail, and craftsmanship effectively. Then, they went through an iterative process to create their own "Illuminated Initials", creatively illustrated with their chosen theme.

STEM Practices: obtain, evaluate, and communicate information; define problems, develop and use models, plan and carry out investigations (iterative process), persevere through problem solving, design solutions, use tools strategically, construct explanations.

Emily Calle

Emily Calle - Desserts. My theme is desserts. I chose this because I love desserts, especially ice cream. I love drawing desserts like cupcakes and ice cream. Drawing of candy cane letter D with ice cream and cupcakes

Bella Ortega

Bella Ortega - Dance Moms. My theme is D for Dance Moms because that is my favorite show. Honestly I think I can watch it all day if I wanted to. I can literally stare at my phone watching it. I like it because of the drama that would happen with the moms and Abby. Drawing of fancy letter D with dancing moms around it.

Bella Ortega

Bella Ortega - Dance Moms. My theme is D for Dance Moms because that is my favorite show. Honestly I think I can watch it all day if I wanted to. I can literally stare at my phone watching it. I like it because of the drama that would happen with the moms and Abby. Drawing of fancy letter D with dancing moms around it.

Leonard Williams

Leonard Williams, Rainstorm. My theme is Rainstorm, and I chose it because I like when it rains. Drawing of yellow angular letter R with clouds, rain and lightning.

Emmanuel Marquez-Salcido

Emmanuel Marquez-Salcido, Eagle. I chose E for eagle because I think that eagles are magestic animals and have price. I also chose E because it's the first letter of my name.

Maya Jaramillo-Jaimes

Maya Jaramillo-Jaimes, Jungle. My theme is Jungle. I chose this theme because i wanted to do plants and animals so I thought I could do the jungle. Drawing of letter J as a palm tree with a monkey, koala, and parrot on it, draped in vines.

Nicole Rodriguez

Nicole Rodriguez, Ice. I chose the theme of ice. I chose this because Ilove when blue fades into lighter blue. I also chose ice because Winter ismy favorite holiday, combining the two I decided to do ice. Drawing of the letter I with icicles and a snowman.

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Mansfeld Middle Magnet School - Botanical Illustrations

Students learned about the fascinating history of Botanical Illustration and how it combines both scientific and artistic practices. Students began their creative process by using their iPad camera to photograph several plants, cacti, or weeds from different angles and perspectives. After choosing a plant they were interested in, they used an inquiry process to generate their own questions and gain a deeper connection to their plant. They used the iNaturalist app to identify the plant they photographed, and online resources to further research its botanical/scientific name and interesting facts. Finally, students created their own botanical illustration of their specific plant species, to convey scientific information about its life in a way that helps us also appreciate its beauty.

STEM Practices: argue from evidence; observe and ask questions; obtain, evaluate, and communicate information; plan and carry out investigations (iterative process); define problems; attend to precision.

Emily Calle

Emily Calle, Hibiscus flower illustration. The scientific name for the hibiscus flower is rosa-sinensis. I think I did a great job showing what part of the illustration is the main point, even though it is not the middle. I like how I added the flower when it is fully bloomed and when it is just a bud. Drawing of yellow hibiscus on blue background

Persephone Hunt

Persephone Hunt, Chamaerops hunilis, common name: Mediterranean fan palm. I feel very proud of the spikes. The shapes are awesome. I also like the coloring of the Mediterranean Palm Weevil or the deleromus chamaeropsis. Drawing of palm and weevil.

Sasha Leyva

Sasha Leyva, Anchangel Raspberry Angelonia, angelonia angustifolia serenita. I feel that I had success in the shading and coloring the illustration. I also think it has balance and in some parts emphasis. I emphasized the bees and butterfly so that they would be the main focus. Drawing of angelonias with bees and a monarch butterfly.

Leonard Williams

Leonard Williams, opuntia santarita or Santa Rita prickly pear. One successful thing about my drawing is that I think I did well on the shading. Drawing of blooming prickly pear with pollinating bat visiting the flower.

Jordan Cabrera

Jordan Cabrera, Monkey Tree, Pachira aquatica. I think that the shading in my drawings are the most successful thing in my drawing. It makes the art more realistic. Drawing of potted monkey trees.

Presley MacGregor-Rodriguez

Presley MacGregor-Rodriguez, New gold lantana, lanatana x hybrida. I believe what was most successful was my shadows, it makes the drawing look more 3-D. Drawing of lantana bloom against dark background.

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