The K-12 Art Exhibit opened in the Thurber Arts Center lobby yesterday with work from 70 students, grades K-12, adorning the walls and display cases. A reception was held to recognize these student artists and celebrate their achievements.
The works on display are done in a variety of mediums and show an interesting progression of ability and sophistication. The student artists at each grade level worked hard to satisfy the class requirements for their particular projects while maintaining their own individuality and style. All had challenges to overcome and came away from the experience with intriguing insights about their work.
Kohner Salster ’23 said the thing he enjoyed the most about his watercolor, marker, and acrylic castle project was the “building” of the castle as he was drawing it. He told Mr. Howse, his art teacher, that this has sparked an interest in design and architecture he didn’t have before.
When asked about the inspiration for her mixed media project, Emma Nordeman ’19 mentioned the Tardis from Dr. Who. She said, “The transfer of the door was a little foggy and part of it ripped, but that ended up making it look cooler.” She commented to Mr. Read, her art teacher, “I learned you can take things from something you know and make it mysterious.”
Bailee Barrilleaux ’16 created an intriguing paper sculpture from an old recycled book. She was inspired by the selection of recycled books made available by Upper School art teacher Cecilia Duncan for the project. She told Mrs. Duncan she knew she wanted to use a storybook as the theme and decided to use an actual story in her design as well.
Bailee said her frustrations with the project included the construction of the small details and waiting for glue to dry. What did she learn from the project? “Patience is very important!”
Hannah Byers ’15 made use of some new technology acquired by the Upper School art teachers last year in the creation of her inkjet print. Using an iPad and the Sketchbook Pro app she made a map of Australia, which includes pictures of many animals, mainly indigenous to the continent. She used both her finger and a stylus to add details to the map and completed the remainder of the map using Adobe Illustrator. During the process Hannah needed to be critical of the details, such as perfecting the colors and fine-tuning the animals. She told her art teacher, Kimberly Reyes, that she wanted to be sure they looked fun and cartoonish, while still maintaining the appearance of the actual animal.