Welcome to our virtual art gallery, where Door County students share their reflections on nature in Door County. The gallery below features the artwork of students from Gibraltar, Sturgeon Bay High School, and Southern Door Elementary.
This exhibit featured artwork from each of the five Door County school districts. Artwork represented the effect living surrounded by water in Door County has on them, what it means to them to live near a body of water. Both artwork and artist statements were specific to Door County waterways.
Students in grade 9 worked on this exhibit in their Humanities, English and Art classes. Through this project students learned more about the immigration experience by discovering and writing about a person they know in the present or past who was an immigrant. In Humanities and English class students researched the immigrant’s story and developed a fictional narrative about their experience that is set in the actual timeframe of their immigration. In Art class students created a visual rendering of the immigrant. The exhibit focused on the values freedom and liberty as they relate to immigration by displaying the visual renderings of the immigrants, a paragraph about their immigration experience and a fictional reflection on the lesson learned or inspiration gained from the experience of immigration.
This exhibit was part of the Gibraltar Spanish Literacy Celebration. In the school we had a Salvador Dali Traveling Exhibit on surrealism. Students in High School Art and Grade 3 created an image to show their wildest invention and explained what it did; or redesigned something that exists to be more useful, interesting or creative; or created an imaginary surreal world.
Students explored how our actions create our character and they share their words of wisdom. Elementary students reflected on some of the actions the character took in their favorite books. Students in grade 5 worked with author, John Coy, on developing their characters and in art class with Karla Donohue to create 3-D representations of their characters. Students in grade 4 worked with Mike Scoville in the Elementary Library to create an image of a real or imaginary hero using transfer plates. In their artist statement they reflect on how the actions of their hero do good in the world. Students in high school art found a quote they liked or they wrote their own and create a piece of art related to the quote. Some high school students worked with artist and author, Jill Harding, to create their words of wisdom.
For this exhibit Gibraltar students capture everyday kindness they encountered on camera. They could catch someone doing something kind or they could create a scene with friends or family that shows what kindness means to them. In their photo statements they reflected on how experiencing kind acts inspire them to do kind acts.
This exhibit was prepared to accompany the Step Afrika! dance company coming to Gibraltar and DCA. It provides an opportunity to experience and reflect on the power of rhythm as a tool of communication. Step Afrika’s performances are based on body percussions and the use of rhythm to communicate a message.
The artwork in the exhibit was created by Gibraltar elementary, middle, and high school students in response to rhythms of various pieces of music played for them in their art classes.
The Behind the Beat exhibit panels are on loan (thru January 23, 2017) from the African American Museum of Iowa. They explore the development of African American music from its roots in Africa to modern-day hip-hop.
The Link Gallery of Children’s Art is Door County’s first and only exhibit space dedicated exclusively to the exhibition of student artwork. The space, which physically connects the auditorium with Gibraltar Schools, features an inspiring cloud mural created by Muralist Ram Rojas, video and sound equipment for the display of multi-media art, and energy efficient lighting.
Children of all ages from all Door County Schools as well as those who are home-schooled are invited to participate. During the school year, exhibits focus on providing a window to the outside world and educational experiences for children who live here. Summer exhibits feature themes illuminating aspects of Door County for residents and visitors alike. The space also presents traveling exhibits featuring art created by children from other parts of the country and the world. A wide variety of themes and artistic mediums are explored, ranging from the natural environment, cultural traditions, historical events, to values such as trust, kindness, and generosity.
The Link Gallery of Children’s Art is a collaboration of Door Community Auditorium Friends of Gibraltar and Gibraltar Area Schools.
In this exhibit, students learned about the Mexican culture and traditions of the Day of the Dead. Students in grades 5-11 were inspired by the artistic style of the Day of the Dead to create their own artwork that represents the cultural traditions and or honors their loved ones who have passed away.
The Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos takes place on November 1 and 2. This cultural tradition dates back at least 3,000 years to the central Mexico area as a way to honor all the cycles of life. All of the cultural traditions that are associated with this holiday remember, honor and celebrate the lives of people who have passed. Some of these traditions include making and decorating skulls made out of sugar; cleaning and decorating gravestones; creating alters with food, treats, flowers, and decorations; dancing and parading dressed as skeletons with make-up and or masks; and eating the favorite foods of their loved ones who have passed.
The artwork and writing of Gibraltar 7th Graders is on display in The Link Gallery of Children’s Art through February 2016. The exhibit is part of The Acceptance Project, a two-month project led by Friends of Gibraltar (FOG), Gibraltar Schools, and Write On, Door County. The Acceptance Project, which included a trip to the Team Leadership Center, writing exercises, script writing and filmmaking, is part of FOG’s year-long theme, “Celebrating Uniqueness.” The project encourages students to address, acknowledge and explore the themes of acceptance, inclusion, exclusion, bullying, teasing, and stereotyping.