County stu­dents show works at Delaware Art Mu­seum

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By DARA MCBRIDE

dm­cbride@ce­cil­whig.com

— Stu­dent art­work got up­graded from the re­frig­er­a­tor door re­cently, thanks to a stu­dent ex­hi­bi­tion at the Delaware Art Mu­seum.

Ris­ing Sun Mid­dle School, Mount Aviat Acad­emy and Good Shep­herd Catholic School were among the schools par­tic­i­pat­ing in the mu­seum’s Art Smart pro­gram. Works from the stu­dents ranged from pho­to­graphs to col­lages and black-and-white sketches.

Art Smart stu­dent ex­hi­bi­tions are col­lab­o­ra­tions be­tween the mu­seum and area schools. To be ac­cepted, stu­dents must cre­ate art in­spired by the mu­seum’s col­lec­tions. The dozens of works from county stu­dents hung on wall space in the first floor and lower level galleries. There were sev­eral op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents and their fam­i­lies to see the works, which went up ear­lier this month, for free.

Last Fri­day, stu­dents from Ris­ing Sun Mid­dle School got to see their work — and that of the mu­seum’s more renowned artists — dur­ing a field trip to the mu­seum.

WILM­ING­TON, DEL.

The works of con­tem­po­rary Amer­i­can re­al­ist artist Janet Fish in­spired sev­enth-grader Sarah Miller. Like Fish, Miller chose bright col­ors for her piece that was on dis­play at the mu­seum.

Miller said her fa­ther en­joyed art, par­tic­u­larly pa­pier-mâché and sketch­ing, so cre­at­ing art her­self makes her think of him. Par­tic­i­pat­ing in the ex­hibit boosted her con­fi­dence in her art­work

“If I put my mind to it, I can be an artist,” she said.

The trip got sixth-grader Dy­lan Bal­las think­ing about what he could do next. He said one day he’d like to try sculpt­ing with re- cy­cled pieces of me­tal. He said he was in­spired by a piece he saw in the mu­seum’s gallery — “Riot,” made by artist Deb­o­rah But­ter­field out of found me­tal ob­jects.

“I didn’t think I was good at art,” Bal­las said, adding he’s now changed his mind.

He said he was happy with how his work in­spired by glass artist Dale Chi­huly turned out. He used vi­brant blues, pur­ple, greens and reds in his ab­stract piece.

At the end of the field trip, stu­dents helped pack up their works. Many said they planned to turn it into a gift or put it on dis­play in their own home.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY DARA MCBRIDE

Works from stu­dents at Good Shep­herd Catholic School and Mount Aviat Acad­emy hang in the lower level of the Delaware Art Mu­seum.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY DARA MCBRIDE

Works from stu­dents at Good Shep­herd Catholic School and Mount Aviat Acad­emy hang in the lower level of the Delaware Art Mu­seum.

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