My ImagineIt project seems to continue the transformation it began at the Junior level at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. In the works for this week, I will be discussing the mathematics involved in screen printing. This will also lead into a discussion about HTML coding, the hexadecimal system, and various coloring systems (RGB, HSV, CMYK). This will also bring up printing in general, pixels, and newsprint.
This venture ties into a unit that all junior teachers have been working on about 1960’s culture. The English teacher has been studying several 1960s icons, with a focus on Andy Warhol. The students had the pleasure of enjoying some of Warhol’s works during our visit to the Art Institute of Chicago. The English teacher also discussed the idea of 15 minutes of fame with the students and had them write a reflection of what they would say if they were given the chance. The finance teacher discussed elevator speeches and advertising with students. The history teacher has been covering the political happenings of the 1960’s including Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the Space Race, and the Civil Rights Movement. The science teacher is discussing color theory and will deepen that discussion over what he taught during the Cold War unit.
All of the teachers have selected these topics to bring about a final project, which we have called Pop Art Hoodies, that will occur on Friday of this upcoming week. (I know, very creative name.) Students are broken down into Agricultural Pathway classes at the school. Each pathway class was asked to select an image that represents that pathway and to edit the image using photo editing software of their choice to make the image mimic their favorite Andy Warhol work. This Friday, we will take a trip to the Riddell company (a company that does many things, including produced helmets for soldiers during WWII and currently produces many NFL football team helmets), where each student will have their pathway image silkscreened onto a hoodie. The students will be given the opportunity to silkscreen a quote from their 15 minutes of fame assignment on the back of the hoodie. Pictures will be posted and uploaded after Friday!