BVSD High School Art Show at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
On Earth Day 2017, DigIn! made its debut as The Shed: Boulder County Foodshed teamed up with BVSD art teachers and high school students along with CU Boulder faculty and students for a local food inspired art show. The purpose of this art show was to have high school students depict through art what local food means to them in order to encourage discussion about the local food movement. The students were asked to reflect on the impacts that local foods have on our community. Below you will find some of the art made by the students. We are so pleased with the success of the first educational event Dig In! has hosted. With notable participation and support from high school artists and art teachers, guest speakers, and wonderful food from Three Leaf Catering, we can proudly say that this is just the beginning of an ongoing community conversation about “local food” and how we can strengthen our foodshed.
Virginia Schick's Art Class
Bronwyn Ellis. 11th Grade, Gouache
My inspiration for this piece was the raspberries that grow behind my house in the summer. It’s the most local food my family has, a mere 10 feet from the backdoor. I painted myself as a fairy eating the raspberries because back then, fruit just growing behind our house was magical. I learned how to space everything out in a painting to draw the eye to a single spot in the piece, as well as why it’s healthy to the environment to grow my own food. In regards to the foodshed, I believe that everybody with access to ground should have their own garden to reduce the carbon footprint of foods we can grow in our backyards, and I often wonder why others don’t have their own small gardens.
Kate Hefferan. "Raw" Colored Pencil
This idea is what inspired my drawing, along with the beautiful colors and textures that appear in raw meat if you really look at it. Once I started this piece, I realized how many different layers, shades, textures, and colors were involved in just a tiny section of meat. I have now spent hours looking at and trying to replicate all these aspects, when before I would only encounter animals if they were fully live or fully cooked. When you try to distance yourself from all the steps that happen between the pasture and the dinner table, you lose that connection to the animal and the beauty that they hold even after death. Everything surrounding our culture of meat eating is controversial, with opinions flying around all over the place. There is everything from “Meat is murder” to “Eating animals is the natural way”, with every possible variation in between. Doing this drawing has brought up even more questions in my mind of what I think is the ‘right’ food to eat. All I know is, among the flesh and bone in this picture, I find beauty.
Maryjoe Cortes Rosas. 11th Grade. "local Boulder Bouty-ful"
I’m really proud of this particular project. It’s the first one this year I’ve done that I actually like and enjoyed doing. I haven’t been living in Boulder for long, It’s been one year, and I couldn’t help but notice that people here try to have a healthier lifestyle and have many places to get local food at. I love how the community is so involved and enthusiastic about local food. This project was inspired by the Farmers market, I had never been to a place like that and the variety of the things were amazing. I remember one day there was this man with fresh sun flowers that looked beautiful and were a bright yellow. There were some beautiful shining fruits that looked so delicious and i couldn’t help but take pictures and buy some delicious fruits and vegetables. Using different materials and different objects to create a piece is something I had never done and I think I really like it. Colored pencils are my favorite things and I put them to use drawing those delicious fruits and vegetables. I arranged it to make it look simple and unusual, something I haven't done before. I wanted to experiment with new ways of making art and I think I liked it alot.