The LFLA lobby was transformed into a chic art gallery, displaying the work of about 120 students who drew, molded and painted their way into the Student Art Show on Parent Teacher Conference Day, March 14.
"I loved seeing how proud the students were who came to the art show," said art teacher Alicia Brand, who along with art teacher Laura Beckman and event organizer Gabrijela Stanze, put the show together. "I think they really liked seeing their art and hard work showcased. I even think showing off their work in such a glamorous way will help us in motivating our students in the future."
Most of the artwork was completed as class projects. About 15 students submitted artwork that they created on their own time, outside of class. The black-and-white portraits took about a month to complete and the students used biography.com to research which African-American icons to spotlight.
"I think a lot of students chose people that they had heard of but I had several students who wanted to draw someone more historical that they didn't know anything else about," Brand said.
The 7th graders created kaleidoscope designs with names that were more technical in nature and took about two weeks of class time to complete.
"We wanted to teach the students about colors and optical illusion drawing techniques," Brand said. "We try to inspire students with their interests, such as celebrities and their own name. The key to keeping the students focused and on task is finding interesting things that will motivate them and also providing them with a lot of support as they work."
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