Postcard art on display at Jack Jackter Intermediate School

By Colchester Public Schools
Colchester - posted Mon., Sep. 30, 2013
Shaylynn Clark, a student at William J. Johnston Middle School, admires the postcards. Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

Jack Jackter Intermediate School art students are displaying their first artwork of the school year: “Messages.”

Brightly-colored art postcards hang in the lobby and hallways of the school, sending messages of hope and enthusiasm to students, staff and visitors alike. Each postcard has two messages: a written message communicating a fact about JJIS, a dream or advice for the school year and an abstract painting designed to communicate that theme visually.

For instance, fifth-grader Quinn Clark wrote, “At JJIS we follow the R.O.C.K.S. (Respect, Opportunity, Cooperation, Kindness and Safety) rules,” and painted a curving, golden path dotted with colorful “stones” to visually communicate his message.

Students even assisted in selecting and displaying the art in an attractive, interactive way. “We call this kind of art display an installation, because it is installed in or around a given space (in this case our school) to transform the space and communicate ideas and experiences. We call our installation ‘Messages,’” said Wendy West, art specialist at JJIS.

The materials used were watercolor, marker and crayon, and for inspiration the students viewed abstract art by Georgia O’Keeffe and Pablo Picasso. “Messages” will remain on display through Oct. 11.

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