Each year, Studio Art breaks away from traditional media of canvas, paint, paper and pencils to create a self-expressive piece of art using an alternative medium, material or base. In the past, students have done works of art on chairs, made a giant mosaic of Mona Lisa out of peas and beans (dubbed Frijolisa), adorned Earth globes, as well as reinterpreted masterpieces using glitter rather than paint. This year the students chose wooden skateboard blanks for their project.
Just as Virtual School began, Studio Art 3 & 4 under art teacher Astrid Dalins had just received the blanks and were in the stages of planning their designs. With the help of Blick Art Supply, the students received their own sets of acrylic paint, brushes, and paint markers with which they could work on their skateboards remotely. Some chose a theme and carried it out on top of the board as well as the back. Some chose to create dramatically different sides for the skateboards. Some students plan to hang them in their college dorm rooms, while some will add wheels and ride them.
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.