Painting Under Paper Cuts

Byron Center West Middle School Art and STEM Program

This collaborative work of Art from the Byron Center West Middle School Visual Arts and STEM program asked students to use their creative minds to come together and create a piece in the midst of a week where many of them were completing State Testing. Students looked at the combines of Robert Rauschenberg and paper cuts and printmaking of Caledonia Curry before starting this work to help inform the large mixed-media collaborative. Students started by actively making their marks using colors of their choice and a variety of painting tools. Afterwards, students worked collaboratively to enlarge portraits onto paper and use paper cutting to create positive images by cutting out negative shapes. Students also worked in pairs to make bilaterally symmetrical and asymmetrical circle patterns with cut paper. The end result is a colorful creative exploration that shows what can happen when students create together. This was also a great way to release creative energy during a week of testing.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2"
  • Medium: Latex Paint, Foam, Paper, Found Objects
  • Width: 8'
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 12'

About Byron Center West Middle School Art and STEM Program

This work is being done by the 7th and 8th grade students at Byron Center West Middle School in the Visual Arts and STEM program. Over 200 students completed the work and shaped the piece as it was being made.