Summer Art at Morton Middle School

Students at Morton Middle School spent June 11-15 with WhyArts teaching artist Kim Darling creating two large canvas art pieces. The first, an abstract piece, used iconography, shapes and movement. They started by brainstorming ideas for images that might fit their permanent home – the school’s lunchroom. Then they transferred those symbols onto the canvas, repeating them in creative ways to create movement and interest. They then painted the icons and tied them together by “tightening” up the edges.

For the second canvas project, Darling helped the students work with stencils, spray paint and markers. The final step in the process was adding inspirational words to the top of the finished work. For more information about WhyArts after school programming, contact Kim Jubenville at

This project was made possible by a WhyArts/Collective For Youth partnership.