Students in visual art classes at LEAP are introduced to the language of art through the teaching of the art elements: line, shape, color, form, texture, and value. These concepts are introduced through the creation of drawings, paintings, prints, and sculpture. This approach to art instruction allows students to acquire the visual and verbal tools they will need to illustrate ideas in their art work. By learning the elements and principles of art, students learn concepts that help them become critical observers of the visual world. Students study works of art, nature, architecture and the environment. They also use creative and thematic ideas related to their individual experince and interpretation in creating their own work.
At LEAP a special emphasis is given to acquiring language skills through the study of art. Students are encouraged to reflect on their native country's traditions, landscape, and architecture. Many of the images posted on the site reflect our students' personal experierences as well as their knowledge and experience in demonstrating their traditional art forms.
Notable Projects & Awards
2019 LEAP HIGH SCHOOL ARTWORK AND WRITING CELEBRATED AT MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA HALL
Displayed during the American Expressions concert series celebrating the musical spirit of a diverse and vibrant nation, The exhibition featured original artworks by Saint Paul Public School LEAP High School students, created as part of Your Story, Our Story, a partnership program with the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) and the Tenement Museum in New York City. The national project invites individuals to share their personal stories of American immigration.
2017 - 2018 YOUR STORY,OUR STORY: STUDENT IMMIGRATION EXPERIENCES
This exhibition featured original artworks by LEAP High School students, created as part of Your Story, Our Story, a partnership program with the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) and the Tenement Museum in New York City. The national project invited individuals to share their personal stories of American immigration and migration through objects. LEAP students visited MIA to discover the many ways in which objects, including artworks, can tell stories. Guided by teachers Jill Michell and Anne Lowe, the students shared their own stories of immigration through art-making and writing. Their contributions are displayed online and here. The Center for Equity and Culture provided additional objects. To explore these stories, or to upload the story of an object that carries meaning in your family, visit the online digital storytelling exhibition: https://yourstory.tenement.org/groups/leap-high-school/explore
2016 - 2017 LEAP STUDENTS AT MACALESTER COLLEGE
On February 23, 2017, LEAP art students, accompanied by their teacher Jill Michell, and Principal Rose Santos, participated in a panel discussion with Macalester student volunteers who mentor students at LEAP. Sponsored by Macalester’s Religious Studies, Education Studies, and Art Departments, student artists at LEAP displayed their art work and participated in a short presentation and question session at the Davis Court at the Institute of Global Citizenship, Markim Hall.
2015 ORDWAY CENTER SHOWCASES LEAP STUDENT ART DURING THE FLINT HILLS INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL
The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts asked LEAP’s visual arts teacher, Jill Michell to provide 30 artworks created by LEAP students to exhibit during their anniversary celebration of the Flint Hills International Children’s Festival. Area superintendent Theresa Battle, Principal Rose Santos, teachers Jill Michell, Alice Vange, Anne Lowe and 30 LEAP students were invited to attend the breakfast opening event on May 4th. Festival performance events were scheduled May 26 - 31, 2015.
As part of the Flint Hills International Childrens Festival ARTwalk, a film of Jill Michell’s art classroom, documenting the students painting Cityscapes, was played in the window of the Ordway Center.
2012 - 2013 SPPS MULTICULTURAL RESOURCE CENTER AND MN HUMANITIES CENTER TOTEM POLE PROJECT.
This cross-disciplinary project originated as a way to connect the experiences of indigenous people from around the world to the experiences of the indigenous people of the United States. The goal was to foster understanding among cultures by sharing with LEAP students the art, history, stories and sense of place of the Native Americans.
2010 - 2011 VEGA PRODUCTIONS MN BEATLE PROJECT GRANT
The grant to LEAP’s art department allowed for the purchase of visual art resources and materials.
2008 NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION ARTS AWARD
The NEA award enabled LEAP’s art department to create and install an inlayed, vinyl patterned floor in the hallway leading to the gymnasium. The design for the floor was based on symmetrical pattern motifs created by LEAP art students.
YOUR STORY, OUR STORY at the Minneapolis Institute of Art
The artwork and stories by Leap students were exhibited throughout the summer of 2018 at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia). This brief film documents LEAP students and teachers attending the closing of the exhibition.
The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts showcases LEAP student art during the Flint Hills International Children's Festival