Project Fusion
 focused on the installation of six original works of art created by Charleston artist, 
Fletcher Crossman.  The goal of the project was to deepen student understanding of core curriculum concepts through a fusion of art, literature, and imagination. works were installed in classrooms and stairwells at the The Academic Magnet High School in the Fall of 2008. During the five week installation, the works were integrated into the Creative Writing and European Literature classes through a wide variety of activities and projects. The paintings later joined other works by Crossman for his 
exhibition, Great Big Paintings, at the Gaillard Auditorium.  During the exhibition at the Gaillard, words and images created by students were projected onto Crossman's canvasses transforming them into new interpretative works of art.  The exhibition was voted by The Charleston City Paper as "Best Art Gallery Show for 2009".  

Scroll down to see a sample student projection and written response.

The video depicts the exhibition opening on the night of November 25, 2008, Crossman's exhibition also featured "fused" works of art created by Academic Magnet students. These fused works of art were created during the opening when words and images representing the student’s interpretations of Crossman’s works were digitally projected onto the canvasses transforming them into new interpretative works of art.

Project Highlights

Installation at AMHS (October 1 - November 14) Installation of six original works by Crossman.

Artist Visitation (Tuesday October 21)  Fletcher Crossman visited the Academic Magnet to discuss his paintings and artistic process. Following the discussion, Crossman joined Language Arts teacher Junius Wright for a guided tour of the six works of art installed at the school.

Great Big Paintings opening (November 25 6-8 p.m. at the Gaillard Auditorium): Exhibition of Fletcher Crossman's works and "fused" works created by students at the Academic Magnet.

Sample Student Response
Delusions of Glamour by Kerry DiGiacomo
Fairy Tale: The Red Shoes by Hans Christian Andersen
Original Artwork: MIdnight Remembered What Cinderella Forgot

I came up with the idea for this fused artwork piece after reading the fairy tale "The Red Shoes", in which a girl chooses to wear red dancing shoes because of her vanity and pride, and eventually becomes unable to take them off as they force her to dance around the countryside day and night. I saw a link between this fairy tale and my interpretation of the painting, in which the inevitable midnight deadline forces Cinderella to abandon her vanity and return to the reality of her situation; both works deal with the opposing forces of glamour and reality. (The definition of the word "glamour" involves magic and enchantment as well as alluring but false charm or romance.) The image of a dancer in red shoes was retrieved from a still from the movie "The Red Shoes", an adaptation of the fairy tale which premiered in 1948, and her figure was separated from the rest of the image using Photoshop. The superimposition of the dancer over the Cinderella figure on the couch represents the way illusory vanity and pride can obscure the reality of a situation. The glass slipper was also colored red, and the text placed on the painting, using Photoshop. The coloring of the slipper connects Cinderella's shoes to the red shoes in the fairy tale, while the text reinforces this idea by linking the possessive nature of the red shoes to Cinderella dancing at the ball.


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