watercolor and ink; 14×11”
“My art piece relates to article 18 of Human Rights, the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion and is about how art influences society and how it can be an outlet for social change and for affirming individuals. I used yin-yang to show equality, and a flower as the memory of art. I also put the words “belief” and “memory” on the side and the sunset in the background to show peace and calmness. My piece helped me learn about the right to freedom of thought and that everyone has a place in the world and that everyone is unique in every way. Art is like a memory, and can be special to most people who like or love art.”
ARTIST BIO: Shellie Walters is a Grade 11 student at Butler Tech School of Art (SOA).
PROJECT: After learning about human rights in Mrs. Valerie Folz’ Government classes at Butler Tech School of the Arts, 45 high school students chose a human rights issue they wanted to research. Then in Mrs. Mary Catherine Ruby’s Visual Art + Design classes they visually communicated their voice through their art using symbolic imagery to represent the human rights issue they had selected.