2014 TIP at R.J. Reynolds High School With Graphic Artist, Nadia Hassan
The Intersections Project (TIP) is a collaborative initiative launched by SECCA, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, and the Arts Council of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County that brings contemporary art into schools through artist residencies. Artists from all over the world work with students to make art that is relevant to their learning and their lives, while also providing resources that can be used by teachers in participating TIP schools, throughout the state and across the globe.
In the most recent TIP residency, students from R.J. Reynolds High School met with graphic artist, Nadia Hassan, to design and produce patterns for wallpaper. This residency was part of the Graphic Design – Now in Production exhibition, which includes wallpaper, and also recognizes the historical wallpaper in the Hanes House at SECCA. Hassan worked with students in geometry, e-media arts and introductory and advanced art classes. Each class made patterns in different media that connected with class content and skill level including tessellations, printmaking, digital and pencil-created repeated designs.
For the final project, students in each class designed shapes in foam and placed them on a roller made of PVC pipe. A pattern was printed with acrylic in one color on canvas using the roller as the printing device. Hassan digitized each shape, created a large pattern with the combined shapes from all the classes. This pattern was printed as wallpaper in the school colors – black and gold by Spoonflower, Inc., which donated rolls to Reynolds and SECCA. Museum visitors can see the TIP wallpaper on display near the auditorium. The wallpaper is available for purchase from Spoonflower and 10% of the proceeds from the TIP wallpaper go to The Intersections Project. The pattern is also available as a decal, fabric and wrapping paper in both the black and yellow and in multicolor.
Teachers interested in some of the lesson plans from this project can check them out on the TIP website. For a designer’s perspective on the project, visit Hassan’s blog where a second color option of the pattern can be found.
Post by: Deborah Randolph, Curator of Education