Red Bank High School students were asked to create artwork for the Geometry + Art = Expression exhibit that explores how shape defines space. The artwork, inspired by the Op art movement which emerged in the 1970s, blends math, art and science to create illusions that appear to move.
Unum gave the students the opportunity to have a “real world” gallery experience by asking students to be responsible for creating the body of artwork, framing the work and hanging the exhibit.
The project is part of Red Bank High School’s art program, which gives students an opportunity to find and express their own voice in a positive and powerful way. With an emphasis on studio production, art classes at Red Bank help students develop problem solving skills, critical thinking, technical design skills, aesthetic ability and art history knowledge.
Jesus Rojas, a student in the 11th grade, explained that in this project he learned that a simple line can turn into artwork that can become a balanced and symmetrical image. He asserts that symmetry in math is accurate, and symmetry in art gives an illusion of accuracy.
Abby Murray, a student in the 12th grade, said that she chose earthy colors for her work to represent her personality.
And Sean Parish, a student in the 10th grade, experienced what it’s like being a corporate designer, and said he appreciated the opportunity to collaborate with Unum designers to display his artwork.
The artwork will be on display until January 2013 for Unum employees to enjoy.
For more information on the Red Bank High School art program, please contact Michel Belknap at Belknap_m@hcde.org.