Teens, Inspired is an annual arts competition and exhibition for high school students hosted by the North Carolina Museum of Art that is organized, juried, and curated by teens and for teens. The NCMA requests submissions of poems, 2-D and 3-D works of art, and video art. Students must use a work of art from the Museum’s collection to inspire their own poem or artwork, as opposed to copying a particular piece.
Below are a few of our early entries into this year's contest including the students work (left), the museum piece (right) and excerpts from the student's artist statement.
It's always interesting to see what a student takes away from a particular piece and how they use it as inspiration to create something entirely new.
For the teen's inspired project I chose to be inspired by an African basket, called "Beaded Crown (Adé)”. When I clicked the African collection page I was intrigued by the basket. It had this amazing blue color, and really cool teeth. I looked at it for, what it felt like an hour before I knew I wanted the teeth to be the highlight in the not yet created painting.
I really enjoyed the vibrant colors of "Love Is the Drug" by Richard Mosse so I decided to paint a pine tree. I used the colors of the mountains. I layered water color paint in the background across the acrylic paint. Then while it was drying, I dabbed my finger in the background for an extra texture. I also took a big layer of blue paint in the back to at the small amount of blue in the picture.
My teens inspired project is inspired by "Suzy's sun (for Tyler)". The picture inspired me because I loved the mini features they used and that it was art you could actually touch. I also attempted to make a project similar to it because I usually stick to things like drawing or occasionally painting, so it was out of my comfort zone. I decided to name my project “The way it works”. I named it this because it is half urban half rural. And it shows the city dumping its trash into the wild life’s area. So it could also inspire people to not pollute the area they in and to be careful when the see the art work I have created.
I was inspired by Caroline Vaughan to create a black and white photograph that appears to be physically manipulated to give a rough, old appearance. My photograph was printed on canvas by painting a layer of clear paint on it then laying my image (printed on printer paper) on the canvas.
I chose visage d'homme as my art piece to be inspired by,it median is red terracotta. I was inspired because i used to love to do paper art or make pictures with it when i was younger in like elementary school in art class we did a lot of stuff with paper.
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