NYC Highline Skyline
Age 14, Grade 8
J.H.S. 185, Queens
Art Teacher: Vickie Byron
Hand-pressed collograph print
Being an artist has made a difference in my life, and I love that. Creating art has made me a more confident student. I enjoy art making because it allows me to share my feelings with the world in a way that words do not.
Ms. Byron is a great teacher who breaks things down for us in easy steps. That way we understand everything. It is thanks to her that my artwork looks exquisite.
This collograph was my first print, and I had some challenges. The first time I printed, it looked pale because I didn't use enough ink. My second piece was a big hit. I had this goal to make each building in my print look more unique than the one before it. I am glad that I did this project; not only did I reach my goal, I also learned something new.
Students studied New York City architecture and created their own skyline designs. In this interdisciplinary unit students experimented with architectural designs, organic and geometric shapes, musical and visual rhythm, and poetry. They made connections to the jazz music and poetry of early twentieth-century Harlem, and learned that poetry and visual art share many of the same formal elements: image, rhythm, repetition, sequence, mood, metaphor, texture, and color. Finally, students created their own poems.
Alexis's print demonstrates skills in registration, inking, and lifting. She made a thoughtful preparatory drawing, printing plate, and collograph print that demonstrate careful planning and execution, and unity of composition. I selected this collograph print because it has an unusual point of view created by using a central horizontal bridge to divide the skyline. This is probably how Alexis views Manhattan from her neighborhood in Queens: skyline vignettes framed by East River bridges.