8th Graders are going to be spending the next few weeks working on a special project for the Yellowstone Art Museum based on works by Mixed Media Artist, TL Solien. Solien created a series of paintings based on a fictional life he created about the character Captain Ahab, from Herman Melville's, Moby Dick. His works are intriguing and thought provoking, and often difficult to translate. He uses a variety of media, such as paint, pencil, printing, coloring pages, chalk, and transparent paper, and cut paper to create these whimsical, but often disturbing images. View his works below:
As young artists, we will take inspiration from Solien process and write our own fictional stories to provide the basis for our final piece of artwork. These stories will be 1-5 pages long. First, think about your characters, setting, plot, theme, and conflict. Your story can be whimsical - based on a dream, fantastical, ominous and scary, or it could be based on a real event from your life... it's completely up to you! Please watch the following videos for some more background knowledge on writing fictional stories.
After we spend some time writing and editing our stories, we will move on to create a mixed media piece based on elements of our stories. Happy writing!!