Maplewood students take #STEAM to the next level with drone art project

CaexHbbWAAAWFkX Hundreds of students at Maplewood High School have been creating art with drones with help of visiting artist Mahwish Chishty, an internationally known artist who is an adjunct professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Student work will be on display during a reception at Red Arrow Gallery this weekend and until Sunday, March 6.

Date: Saturday, February 13

Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Location: Red Arrow Gallery, 919 Gallatin Ave, Nashville TN

Maplewood High School Art Teacher and Co-Curator of the "This is Our War" exhibition, Mike Mitchell, says the question that has driven his 2015-2016 art students in their investigation thus far has been, “In a world where perception can very well be reality, how can using a drone as an artistic tool help initiate a paradigm shift about the negative perceptions of not only drones but also the eclectic students who use them to create not destroy?”

Since the beginning of the school year, with research assistance from The Smithsonian Distance Learning Department, Maplewood High School Art Students have been testing this theory by attaching various mark making tools to their Parrot Bebop Drone.

The drones were purchased through the Donors Choose grant to create art for the Academy of Energy and Power at Maplewood High School. The 200 hundred students involved with the project will each paint a symbolic image on a 4” tile, donated from Turnip Green Creative Reuse. In the gallery, the tiles will be installed in the form of the RQ-170 Drone.


Read more about the exhibit  in the Tennessean: