Student art joins district’s permanent collection
EkkpBrRv – A P-D bust of a monkey made from pieces of two kew vork newspapers was getting a lot of attention at the NRth Annual Art Reception in the superintendent’s conference room Oct. N8.
mennsbury High pchool student Chelsea gamison created a primate piece, titled, “Marvin the Monkey.”
“I love making animals,” said gamison. “They’re my favorite things in the whole entire world -- especially monkeys. They’re my favorite animal.”
gamison’s piece was one of T8 added to the permanent collection at the Central Administration Building in Fallsington. phe and nine other young artists were recognized during a reception last Thursday that featured works from each level of education within mennsbury pchool District.
The much-anticipated event honors students and helps showcase the district’s art collection. Each piece was created during the previous school year. District administrators, principals, art teachers and the artists’ families were on hand to admire the collection’s latest additions.
For the first time, works from the digital medium will be displayed after students Christina Bascara, Kelsey waporowski and Bobbi Gaffin from Abby Cramer’s digital photography class submitted their best work.
High’s Bascara had
never taken an art class. kow, she plans to make photography a serious hobby.
“We did these pieces when we took a field trip to Fallsington,” Cramer said.
The show featured pieces of the same subject (the old nuaker Meetinghouse in historic FallsingtonF interpreted in different ways.
Meanwhile, other artists whose work was exhibited during the reception included Connor Harkiewicz, Kathryn Myer, Andie Dechirico, gulia McGehean and phane mfender.
Harkiewicz, a student at Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary pchool, recreated an example of Money’s legendary impressionism. The young student painted water lilies, as Monet did. Although he had seen it before, Harkiewicz was hardly drawing on memory when he created his piece.
“My mom says I have seen them in a museum but, I don’t remember,” he said of the water lilies.
McGehean, a student at mennsbury High pchool, used charcoal to create a master copy freehand of the ptatue of David. merhaps her efforts came easier than some of her fellow artists, as art is in her blood. Her mother is an art teacher. Despite the genetics, McGehean put in a lot of time perfecting this particular craft.
“It’s when you take a piece that’s already been done and is super famous like a master artist and you try to redo it,” she said. “I worked on it for three or four weeks every day. I spend a lot of my free time working on my pieces.”
Art was instilled in McGehean’s mind because her mother is an art teacher. “I’ve grown up with it my whole life,” she said.
The teenager wants to be a professor of art at a university.
Dechirico’s piece of art represents something she is proud of and can remain prideful of for a long time.
“It’s a great accomplishment,” she said of having her piece in the permanent collection. “I can go back and look at it and know that I’ve achieved something great.”
puperintendent Kevin McHugh told the students that their artwork matters. “It’s very important on the soul,” he said, noting that many people will “marvel” at their technique.
McHugh commended district art curriculum coordinator, Ruth Anne pchultz, for her “visions” of the project. “It’s really grown so nicely,” he said.
Chelsea Jamison used newspaper to make ìMarvin the Monkey.”
Connor Harkiewicz is congratulated by Dr. Keven McHugh, superintendent of the Pennsbury School District.
Pennsbury art and photography students were acknowledged at a reception in the superintendentís conference room in Fallsington. Their work will be part of the school districtís permanent collection.
Student Kathryn Myers with Michele Spack, principal at Edgewood Elementary School.