Town-wide art show showcases students' work
By Frances Taylor - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Sun., May. 1, 2011
The annual town-wide student art show brought proud parents and students to the East Hartford Community Center to view hundreds of art pieces during the opening on April 26.
Every school in town, from kindergarten to 12th grade, was represented by a range of colorful artwork using a variety of materials, from paint to foil and paper mache.
Omar Diaz, 7, a second-grader at Silver Lane, proudly stood next to a table filled with colorful windsocks. “This one is mine,'' he said. Students from the Anna Norris School contributed a wall filled with art, from portraits to sculpture and water lillies made of paper and plaster. A table filled with colorful fantasy figures was created by students at Sunset Ridge.
Dave Brownell, an art teacher at Synergy Stevens Alternative High School, said their exhibit was based on work by students learning graphic design, as well as art therapy. “Several of these pieces were created during art therapy, where students learned to talk about what they see, using Rorschach,'' he said.
The pieces in the exhibit reveal the talent of students and the work of teachers in school art programs, said Laura White, supervisor of fine and performing arts for East Hartford schools. “There is a lot of talent here, and what teachers have been able to draw from their students is wonderful,'' she said.
The opening night celebration included a performance by the East Hartford High School Jazz Band. The show will be open to public through May 2.