South Central students to display art

Cary Ashby • May 18, 2018 at 6:00 PM

GREENWICH — The most challenging parts of Grant Wallace’s Egyptian pharaoh sarcophagus were the eyes, nose and mouth.

On the other hand, he and Isabella Kimberlin both saw their artwork truly take shape when they outlined it in black. Kimberlin used a pencil and tempera paint to make a pyramid inspired by pop artist Romero Britto.

“We were inspired by him to do these little pyramid paintings,” said their art teacher, Ashley Bush.

The art work by kindergarteners through 12th-grade students in South Central Local Schools will be on display from 2 to 4 p.m. today in the gymnasium and library. Snacks and face-painting will be available.

“My fifth- and sixth-grade students volunteered,” Bush said, referring to the face-painting. “We did it last year and the teacher who retired (Andi Shaefer) did it (before).”

Some of the featured art from the elementary school are: Weaving (by the second- and fourth-graders), famous artist parodies (fifth grade) and printmaking by the sixth-grade students. 

“Last year I had over 1,200 (pieces of art). This year I have about the same amount,” Bush said.

Many of the fifth-graders chose Pokémon characters or Mickey Mouse to parody Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” while others opted to include Minions in works by Salvador Dali or “The Scream” by Edvard Munch.

“Vincent Van Gogh was a popular one with ‘Starry Night,’” Bush said.

Students in kindergarten through sixth grade studied ancient Egypt in social studies. For art class, Bush assigned her classes to make sarcophaguses and pyramids.

“Before we started, she showed us a slide show and talked about it,” said Wallace, the son of Kevin and Melissa.

To make a life-size sarcophagus, the students first placed manilla paper on the floor.

“We laid down and then someone traced us,” said Wallace, who used pencil, paint and markers on the finished product. “It took a few class periods. … I think it turned out pretty good.”

For the pyramid paintings, Bush showed the students some designs for inspiration. 

Kimberlin’s painting has three sections. On the top is a pink background with circles and squares. The middle, which contains an eye, has “wavey lines” while the bottom portion features a red and black checkerboard.

“Some of my designs I made up,” said Kimberlin, the fourth-grade daughter of B.J. and Jennifer.

If she could do it over, she said she would try to put more color in the circles and squares.

Bush’s sixth-grade students had a special visitor as they worked on their Egyptian art.

“I had the Cleveland Museum of Art come in and do Art to Go,” she said. “(The students) got to hold Egypt artifacts. One of the oldest items was 4,500 years old. … Some of them were impressed with holding them.” 

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