WAG Grant Helps Fund a Castle High School Art Field Trip

High School Students working at Hoomaluhia
High School Students working at Hoomaluhia

Lucky Castle HS art students! Their teacher, Casilda Gracias used her 2015 WAG grant for a field trip to Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden.

Her concept was to have students research native Hawaiian plants, then create both a pastel painting, and a canvas painting, using the techniques of artist Georgia O'Keefe. They additionally learned the meaning of endemic, indigenous and native plants, as well as state laws that govern over threatened and endangered native Hawaiian plants.

Hard at work
Hard at work

Their chalk pastel painting designs were first sketched in pencil.  The subject had to touch all 4 sides of the paper, and the focal point was required to be off center. The sketches showed value, shadows and highlights, then were colored with pastel in either warm, cool, or realistic colors. At the end of the project, each student successfully produced a Native Hawaiian mini canvas watercolor painting.

Some of the finished works
Some of the finished works