Arts Festival: Skateboard Showcase

This year, fourth graders let their creativity flow in a collaborative art and Makery project featuring upcycled skateboards.

Guest speaker Elissa Steamer, a professional skater who paved the way for many women in the field, came to Burke’s to kick off the exciting project.

In Makery, the used skateboards were stripped down to a blank canvas leaving the cracks and blemishes that were a part of the skateboard’s history. Students used heat guns, sandpaper, and rotary sanders and sprayed many coats of primer to prepare the boards for painting. They developed designs for the top side of the boards and used software to design their own vinyl stickers and cut them digitally using the Cricut Maker machine. 

In art, students explored a variety of works made by modern and contemporary women artists, who are both locally and internationally recognized. Students sketched and planned out their designs, incorporating stylistic elements from a favorite artist or a "Courageous Moment" from their language arts writing projects. The final design was transferred onto the skateboard deck using spray paint and acrylic paints and finished with a layer of varnish.

The fourth graders are very excited to showcase their skateboards during Burke’s annual Arts Festival on May 11 along with other projects and exhibits from kindergarten through eighth grade! 
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