Art teacher helps students shape their natural talent When Michael Hollis began teaching art classes at Noli Indian School, he quickly realized he needed to color outside the lines in order to keep his students engaged.
was given an opportunity to expose them to things they expressed an interest in, and it been great, said Hollis, who has taught at the Soboba oakley cyber monday Reservation school since 2009. Just as their Native American ancestors told stories through pictographs, baskets and jewelry, Hollis found that the modern generations are also very creative artisans. Bailey Trueax, who is Navajo and Chippewa, has attended Noli for three years and said the art classes there have brought out her natural talents. like that I can choose what I want (to make) and I get to express myself, said Trueax, 15, of Palm Springs. Hollis has taught students how to transfer artwork onto T shirts while learning the silk screening process and airbrushing techniques. He has provided skateboard blanks instead of canvas for them to paint sunsets, portraits and more. (class) has helped me by digging deep and crafting things I have never tried doing yet, said 17 year old Steven Mirelez, of Torres Martinez. Last year, Hollis started teaching his students to make rubber masks, from concept through finished product. After designing a mask, the students use a Styrofoam wig stand to pack clay onto the form to create their face. They make a two part plaster negative. When it is dry, they pour latex into the plaster mold. was my first time working with clay, said Ben Lindsey, 18. He chose to make a mask of a character half jacket from the video game Evil. said he always wanted to know how rubber masks were made, so he was interested in learning all the steps. Hollis said one of the goals was oakleys for cheap to teach a little bit about anatomy as part of the mask making project. The young artists were required to take precise measurements to ensure a good fit, with good eyehole placement. His cousins encouraged him to return and attend Noli. He said its art program is better than his last school. can draw anything you want as long as your imagination is there, he said. lot of art comes from how you feel. Paailla Medina, 14, made a scary clown mask and said the art class has helped him develop his creative talent through clay. just like using it and making what pops into my head, said Medina, of Soboba. Hollis exposes his students to art in many different ways. They have taken field trips to the Cartoon Network television studio in Burbank and the design studio for Oakley sunglasses. like to give them an awareness of the type of jobs that exist if you can hone your creative talent, said Hollis, who worked at the Honda Design Studio in Torrance and Tokyo before completing his teaching credential at Cal State San Bernardino. He also continues taking graduate design courses at Pasadena Art Center School of Design. He follows the state art course curriculum that outlines the skills students should master, such as fundamental ideas about design and composition. always do something new and different, said 15 year old Larissa Lugo, of San Jacinto. The Soboba tribal member created a bear mask and said she likes being able to create unique things. Noli Indian School has 140 students in grades six through 12, representing about 20 different tribes. Some travel from as far away as Thermal and San Diego each day to attend classes there. Only high school pupils are allowed to take electives and many choose art. Join the ConversationWe invite you to use our commenting platform to engage in insightful conversations about issues in our community.
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