For the past few weeks, the independent art students at New Haven High have each been working on a piece for the Hexagon Project. This project involves each artist designing and completing a hexagon-shaped piece around the theme of improving our world. East Central College (ECC) hosts all of the hexagons made from students within six K-12 school districts and four K-8 school districts. New Haven’s deadline for submission is December.
When asked about her project’s main concept, Paige Remillard, a senior, said, “I am doing a piece on how the human race is so selfish that we are killing off bees.”
The students of NHHS’s independent art class were asked what main theme they are using. Lauralie Grater, a senior, said, “I'm planning on using an object that projects the idea of what people think is happening but truly isn't. You look through that object seeing what you want to see. But on the outside of that object, it shows what is truly happening.”
When asked what type of medium they were going to use for their hexagon, Lauralie Grater said, “I don't know yet, but I was thinking pencil or colored pencil.”
Mrs. Katie Borcherding, the high school art teacher, was asked about the purpose of the Hexagon Project. She had this to say: “[This project] invites young people, adults, and communities worldwide to realize social and global challenges facing the world today and use art as a vehicle to reimagine how these challenges can be addressed through critical thinking, research, and creative expression. We invite participants to reconsider their civic responsibilities in a world that is increasingly interconnected and interdependent at local, regional, national, and global levels.”
Mrs. Borcherding was also asked what the purpose was of New Haven’s independent art students placing their own hexagon into the show. She made the comment: “[The purpose is] to get our students to think about how they impact their world and how they can make it a better place.”