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3-D Design
Callee King
Riverwood International Charter School​|Sandy Springs, Georgia
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Untitled|11 x 8 x 8 in.​ Material(s): q-tips ready-made multiples, modeling clay, a variety of acrylic paint, dowel rod, and glue​ Process(es): q-tips cut 3 lengths, stuck in styrofoam, and hand-painted. clay shaped, q-tips glued into clay
Curatorial Note: Student explores hidden beauty in nature with everyday objects. Q-tips are arranged in styroform and modeling clay.
“I first started this process by exploring natural forms that provided an earthly organic appeal. The idea grew to explore the idea of hidden beauty in nature that is not always obvious, but when forced upon your eye in the large and subtle matter is seen as quite beautiful or visually catching.”​
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Organic forms were truly my first interest when I first started my sustained Investigation. I wanted to stay on a path of unconventional shapes and unique textures to really give the viewer a unique, but beautiful piece of artwork to view. Funny enough, this specific project was one of the only two pieces out of my entire sustained Investigation that was not made solely out of clay. When creating unique pieces, I was careful not use too many colors, as I really wanted the texture and detail to stand out. Although, for this specific piece I wanted to go out of my comfort zone and create a colorful textured form with other mediums besides clay.
When looking for inspiration, I referred to the hidden life deep within nature, from plants all the way down to life on the molecular level. I found that the beauty of consistent repetition in nature is profoundly overlooked and that some of the most unique shapes are found at the molecular level which is so vast and can draw a viewer in so deep. I knew that from the inspiration I had drawn, I wanted to highlight both the consistent repetition and unique flowing shapes found in nature. I found that the simple thin shape of q-tips had the ability to create a mesmerizing repetition when placed together. I knew that q-tips would have the ability to make this piece as mesmerizing as possible, as their small size would grant me the ability to create a flowing organic exterior.

As well as a new medium, I wanted to expand my portfolio with some color, so I decided on three different blues for this project. Each blue is just a deeper version of the first. I found that this slight color variation helped create the illusion of movement, along with the repetition of each individual piece placed together. Each q-tip within this unique form is hand painted and individually placed. Overall, this mesmerizing piece came together to create a unique organic sculpture that truly highlights the hidden beauty in life.
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Callee King

Teacher Statement

Heather Meyer
A strategy that helps my students with inquiry is allowing them time to experiment with materials and content in a risk-free manner while still making them accountable for their choices. By having them analyze the “why” of what they’re doing, students often identify recurring qualities within their work that can emerge as a starting point for more in-depth investigation. This analysis also leads to more thoughtful and purposeful decision-making based on how their choices of materials and processes affect what they are communicating.
I encourage students to explore both traditional and non-traditional media that may be outside their comfort zone or seem unconventional. Working in this manner requires practice, experimentation, and revision that directly contributes to the requirements of the portfolio. Callee often experimented with a variety of materials and processes, resulting in both successes and failures. She extensively documented her process through initial sketches with notes on materials and surfaces, process photographs, and reflections on both in-progress and completed work. Through this documentation, she identified areas needing refinement or revision. Additionally, I could see what she was learning from what didn’t work. This documentation is a necessary part of a student’s understanding of their processes and ways of working. From the beginning of AP Art and Design instruction, I stress the importance of writing about the work. This writing asks students to be accountable by having them analyze the decisions that they make from beginning to end. Much of this writing is a required component of the portfolio, but also gives students a record of their journey that they can revisit throughout the year to better understand their choices and growth.
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Material(s): everyday item seen as disposable taken in surplus numbers to highlight its natural mimic of nature Process(es): q-tips individually painted to create a smooth texture that allows for a flowing collectible unison
Working with Callee reinforced for me that given the proper balance of guidance and freedom, students are willing to push themselves and take risks that often lead to thoughtful and sophisticated outcomes. Though Callee has an extraordinary work ethic and demonstrated a great deal of perseverance throughout the year, I was reminded that these qualities need to be nurtured and encouraged.
I am fortunate to have a supportive administration that understands that Visual Arts Education is a necessary component of a whole education. I am supported by having a designated exhibition space where students can showcase their work throughout the year. Additionally, our principal recognizes the achievements of our students and program.

Principal Statement

Kindra Smith
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Riverwood prides itself on its longstanding tradition of excellence in the arts. Our Visual Arts Education program has flourished over the past several years because of the investment and dedication of our teachers. They take great care to ensure that each student has access to high-quality resources and learning material necessary to produce quality work. I am fortunate to have a teacher like Ms. Meyer who “gets it!” She understands the unique needs of her students and holds them to high standards as they experience new and exciting tasks. It’s extremely important to me that we nurture and support our Visual Arts Education program. We do this by allocating proper funds to the program and dedicating ample space to display student artwork. Our students, staff, and administration attend the program’s impressive exhibitions, showcases, and award ceremonies throughout the year. Through our program, I have watched Callee grow as a student, artist, and person. Her work and dedication shine through and allow the world to see her perspective, personality, and passion.
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Detail Idea(s): mass-produced man-made materials seen as disposable manipulated to mimic forms found in nature.​ Material(s): q-tips ready-made multiples, modeling clay, a variety of acrylic paint, dowel rod, and glue​ Process(es) :q-tips hand-painted and placed, to create an organic form that flows in unison, but is also abstract ​