Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Mural Production

Last week:

Tuesday at ArtWorks we blogged using the Smart Board. Then we split up into our groups responsible for the chosen Mural designs. We then started to finalize our designs by creating a practice drawing the same size as the mural.

Thursday we worked with Ms Trammel on our career coaching and learned how to write resumes.

Saturday we split up into our groups to get things accomplished so we can get done with painting our boards. We also started transferring our designs onto the Mural board.

This week:

We will be blogging about our reflections from last week. We will be working in groups to paint each of the panels. We will delegate responsibilities with the group. We will develop details of the design. We will also finished our resume with Ms Trammel and participate in career coaching.

Ashley, "Building this Mural is fun, and sharing our ideas with one another helps us with our communication. Nobody is perfect, we may get frustrated and also mad but we all work through it and try to get the job done with encouraging words. "

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

More pictures :)

Team works on the 'You Belong' Mural

Apprentices step back to see their final sketch of the 'Be Free' mural.

Apprentices work with an artist volunteer and receive feedback on their work

Apprentices work diligently to create a finalized drawing for the 'You Belong' Mural

Apprentices blog about the weekly activities and the 21st century employability skills they are learning.

Pictures Of Apprentices In Action!

One Saturday apprentice Artists work on their Poster Presentations of there Mural Designs.

After Apprentices pitched their designs, Teams began to finalize drawings.

Apprentice Artists heard from presenters about the effects of gangs, drugs, and violence

Apprentice Artists Brainstorm lists of reasons people become involved with drug activities

Apprentice Artists practice there painting skills by creating an original work, some painting for the first time.

Week 5 Review

Last week:
- 360 Degree feedback
- Evaluation of work performance
- Present and “Pitch” mural designs to the “Customers”
- Reworked the chosen designs to reflect the customers’ wishes.
- Completed our Goal setting sheets with Ms. Meghan
- Worked in teams to execute the panel designs.
- Primed boards for painting.
- Problem solved the order of items painted
- Transferred designs to the panels.
- Chose the colors we will use in the Murals

21st century skills: Critical thinking, Collaboration, Problem solving, Communication, Self-Direction, Criticism and Feedback

Quotes from Team members:

Anthony: “Every week the team is together we are getting closer together. I hope that the team will be very successful at the end of the program.”

Towanda, “During this program I have learned about criticism and feedback because when someone give you feed back you learn how to do something better.”

Ashley, “I learned working in groups is better than working individually because you can get the work done faster plus everyone shares ideas.”

Hakeem and Malcolm Feedback on the day they pitched their designs to the customer:

When we presented our mural designs to our customers, I think we did a good job. Honestly, I think I could have prepared myself mentally to do better on the presentations. I can’t speak for anybody else but I was very nervous, but some how when I got up to present the design, I worked on all the butterflies went away. I really didn’t know what to say but I am glad I pulled through it.
-Hakeem Walker

The thing was that I was very terrified that I had to present the poster, because it was people that were very important. I had to step my game up and I put all my fears to the side and brought up my confidence and showed how I felt about the design we created.
- Malcolm Curtis

During this Week we will:

- Receive brief informal feed back about our job performance.
- Work in teams to paint each mural.
- Problem solve the order of items to be painted.
- Delegate responsibilities to team members.
- Learn how to use the smart board to blog.
- Thursday we will participate in career coaching through Ms Trammel at Project Excel

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Week 4

The 21st century skills; Problem solving , Cross culture skills , Critical thinking , Communication, Collaboration, Constitutive criticism.

During the past week:
Tuesday: A presenter came and spoke about guns. The spoke about guns straw purchases and we brainstormed what we could do to help with the gun problem.

Thursday: We learned about how to dress to a job interview, and we talked about where sagging came from and the meaning of sagging.

Then Saturday we finished our canvas, after that we brainstorm about drugs on the bored. We split up into 2 groups and we had to draw a picture about our slogans we thought together. These are our first 2 mural designs.

Next week:
Tuesday: Performance review, and we will review the goals we set for ourselves on fundamentals day. A pay increase is possible, as we receive a formal performance evaluation from the artist and Artworks leadership.

Thursday : We will participate in career coaching with Ms. Trammel.

Saturday : We will create a total of nine designs. We will finish the final design by creating presentations about each mural design. We will also participate in 360 feedback were we will talk about our performance so far.

Personal Quotes
" I like the program Artworks, because I never thought it would be this cool and I look forward to the following weeks!!!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Week 3

21st Century Skills: Creativity and Innovation, Social and Cross Cultural Skills, Literacy-Blog, Critical thinking, and Constructive Criticism.

Last Week
Tuesday: Guest Speaker, Rodney Campbell came and spoke about choices. He told a story about three people and the choices they made to get to where they are now. He explained how education creates stability, and how fast money choices lead to loosing everything. Serita Campbell also came in and shared a poem about the same thing.

Thursday: Serious group discussion about Gangs, Guns, and Drugs led by Rodney Campbell.

Saturday: We brainstormed four different version of ideas that we individually wanted to paint about. Each of us have our own topic. We mixed colors and created a color wheel. Then we painted on our own canvases. We also got our paychecks and we went over what the pay stub was and what the different numbers meant.

This Week:
we will have a guest Speaker on Tuesday, to talk about guns in the Milwaukee neighborhood. On Thursday we will go to career coaching. Then we will finish our paintings on Saturday and start designing the first version of the Mural design. We will also use constructive criticism to make our paintings better.

Towanda, " I actually like the program ArtWorks, I thought it would have been hard, but its actually easy and fun at same time."

Anthony, "I really like the program very much. I think we can achieve things no other group has achieved. I also like the fact that they're paying me to learn how to paint and stop street violence."

pictures comming soon

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Week 1 Review

At ArtWorks on the first week, on Tuesday, we introduced ourselves and set our goals for the next eight weeks of being here at WCS-Project Excel. Nobody knew each other at this program so we decided to do an ice breaker called, 'The Human Knot' so we can all communicate by untangling each other hands. We had to talk to each other and problem solve in order to get free.

The second day, Thursday, we participated in Career Coaching with Ms. Jannie Trammel at Project Excel. We answered questions on the computer using a program called Match Maker. It matched our interests with possible future careers. Then we made professional email accounts.

On Saturday, we started off drawing pictures using symmetrical and asymmetrical balance. We also talked about color, different lines, and design skills. We researched on the computer about gang violence, gun violence, and public service announcements. We split up into groups of two and researched famous artists who designed great art work. The last thing we did was use the computer to research different slogans and came up with some of our own. We then drew pictures to match them.

During the first week of our job at ArtWorks we used the following 21st century employability skills:
Creativity and innovation, Social and Cross cultural skills, Media literacy, Critical thinking, and Communication

Congratulations to the program team!

Thanks to Safe & Sound and Project Excel Apprentices are designing/producing an indoor mural with anti-gun/drug/gang themes. Apprentices will learn about mural making, brainstorm and create mural designs based on themes, meet with the mural customers to pitch design ideas, and work together to produce three 4’ X 4’ indoor murals. They will also design slogans that will be digitally paired with photographed images of the mural, which will be used to print out a series of posters for city youth.

Lead Artist: Katie Van Velzer


Anthony A: Spotted Eagle H.S.

Ashley B: Travis Tech H.S.

Towanda C: Northwest Secondary H.S.

Malcolm C: Vincent H.S.

Destiny E: Custer H.S.

Marcus G: Project Excel H.S.

Hakeem W: Washington H.S.

Anthony Z: Oak Creek H.S.