If you picked up a 2010-2011 high school or elementary school directory you may have noticed special artwork on the covers. That’s because this year’s directories featured the works of two student artists, both from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. College Prep High School, 4445 S. Drexel Blvd.
The photos selected were actually part of an art class assignment.
“Students brought in personal pictures to create a portrait collage using specific colors and values found in magazines,” said Jiwon Chun, art teacher, at King. “Students were then encouraged to choose images and topics they were personally connected to in order to discover their fullest potential with the process.”
The 2-3 week assignment culminated with an announcement that two of the students’ works would be featured on the 2010-2011 elementary and high school directories. The announcement was made at an All-City Arts Competition last year.
Chun said the selected students deserved the recognition for their hard work and dedication.
CPS spoke with one of the artists, 15-year-old Khadijah, a 10th grader at King High School, about the inspiration behind her piece titled, “Me & My Father.” Her work can be seen on the cover of this year’s high school directory.
…On being this year’s high school directory cover girl.
CPS: How did you come up with your idea for the directory cover?
Khadijah: “I knew I always wanted to do a project about me and my dad and it just so happened that I had these pictures for the collage project.”
CPS: What inspired your artwork?
Khadijah: A picture that my dad and I took at the mall.
CPS: What’s the story behind the piece?
Khadijah: I wanted to capture how much my dad and I look alike. It’s a bit difficult to see in the collage but that was the purpose.
CPS: How long did it take for you to create this piece?
Khadijah: It took me about two weeks.
CPS: Describe the process behind creating this piece. What types of tools did you use?
Khadijah: After I chose my image, I had to find my colors and paste the collage pieces together. I used colors from magazines, glue, and a brush.
CPS: How did you come up with the title?
Khadijah: My title was simple. I called it what it was, “Me and my dad.”
…On being one of two students featured on this year’s directory covers.
CPS: How did you feel when you find out you won?
Khadijah: I was surprised and excited.
CPS: What did your parents say? What did your friends say?
Khadijah: My friends did not understand how big of an accomplishment this was for me. My parents were shocked because they didn’t know that I was into art.
CPS: Will you save a copy of this book? Where will you put it?
Khadijah: I did save a few copies. I plan on framing it and putting it on my wall.
…On being a young artist.
CPS: How did you learn to draw?
Khadijah: I was always creative and drew on my own at home.
CPS: Who first encouraged you to draw and paint?
Khadijah: My art teacher encouraged me to actually draw and make something out of it.
CPS: What other types of pieces do you enjoy creating? (i.e. paintings, sculptures, etc.)
Khadijah: I like all kinds of art and love discovering new things about art. It allows me to express myself.
…On life, unscripted.
CPS: What’s your favorite class?
Khadijah: My favorite class of course is art and algebra-trig.
CPS: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Khadijah: In five years, I see myself at a prestigious college for fashion.
CPS: What are your plans for the future?
Khadijah: In the future, I plan on being a fashion designer.
CPS: What advice would you give other students interested in being an artist?
Khadijah: My advice to student artists is that anything can inspire you if you let it. Also when you get an idea, take it to the fullest extent because there are no limits in art.
The elementary cover, titled “Little Whitney,” was created by Whitney, another student at King High School. Learn more about King High School.
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Article written by C. Payton.