Clear Spring High School, Clear Spring, MD

Clear Spring High School, Clear Spring, MD

Created by Clear Spring High School, Clear Spring, MD

Artists: Brandi and Alison

Title: Rising Above

Teacher: Mr. Edwards

Theme: Freedom

Materials and techniques: Our process involved painting the entire canvas white so that we could add watercolor to it later. Our goal was to be able to lay down water color in a way that when we blew on it, it spread. The phoenix wings and head were painted in black paints and the chains/ words in Sharpie marker.

Did you enjoy this project? It was a struggle and took much time to come up with a concept that we all liked. But once we got going we had fun and love the end product.

About: Our theme revolved around the idea that of breaking from the shackles that once held slaves back. The phoenix is a representation of those who were oppressed rising up and spreading their wings to become something new. We chose to use the reds, oranges, and yellows behind the phoenix as a way to express its power and even new found strength. We then decided to add the poem “From Shackles to Scholars” so that viewers could understand the struggle behind slavery.


Posted on

April 13, 2017