Student art show enjoys new home
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon - posted Thu., Mar. 7, 2013
Vernon students – 466 in total – have their artwork on display at the Vernon Community Arts Center through March 26. On March 4, the public reception saw the galleries filled with parents and art enthusiasts, as well as the student artists, eager to talk about their work.
Emily, a sixth-grader at Vernon Center Middle School, explained that teacher Keith Giard asked the class to look at an upside-down drawing of a man, and then re-create just a small section of that drawing, using glue and string. “Then we had to paint it,” Emily said. “It's his pocket and part of his hand.”
Ben, a fifth-grade student at Lake Street School, said his assignment was to draw an animal with markers, pencils and some pastels. “The assignment was to pick an animal that's kind of like you, so I chose a monkey,” he said. “Monkeys are very independent and able to do a lot of stuff.”
Vernon public schools' Art Department Chair Jill Goldberg said holding the student art show at the center, instead of the smaller space at the Rockville Public Library, is a win-win. “It's fabulous,” she said. “This is a real art space, and it's the best place to display our students' work. It's a true gallery, so it's the way our work should be displayed. There's a lot more three-dimensional work – there's a lot more space for that.”
Several of Goldberg's Studio Art Class added one of the show's 3-D aspects, as they had turned themselves into walking works of art. “This was something we started last year as an extra credit project,” said Emily Seekins, a junior at RHS. “We chose Greek gods.”
With painted faces and appropriate costumes, Seekins was decorated as Kronos – the god of space and time, while other students were dressed as Artemis, Hades, Demeter, Persephone and Hephaestus.
“We all did a little bit of research on our own, and we did some stuff in our sketch books for planning,” Seekins said. “We came together and collaborated after school, talked about it, and pulled up pictures of what people wanted to do.”
“It's a tradition that we hope is carried on throughout the years, so we're encouraging younger students to do it,” added junior Brianna Flint.
Seekins said a possibility is to add face-painting for kids at next year's exhibition opening.
Goldberg said the center, which is independently run, has done a great job of promoting art locally and added that she hoped the schools and the art center would collaborate on other projects in the future, as well as hopefully continuing to hold the yearly exhibition there.