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Saint Anne Catholic School First through Eighth Grade Student Artwork Displayed in Historic Downtown Bristol

February 02, 2016

The Arts & Entertainment District is hosting the 5th Annual Student Art Gallery in Downtown Bristol. In an effort to “Cultivate Bristol’s Creativity,” the district has invited the local schools to help us beautify our community by providing art to decorate the front windows of the former Hayes Furniture Building on State Street.

“The Student Art Gallery is very important to the A&E District,” says Ben Collins, Art in Public Places board member. “The presence of quality original artwork downtown is both something to be enjoyed by our citizens and also a way to communicate to visitors our appreciation of modern art, which can really impress potential new businesses, tourists, and more.”

Each school or group that participates has a month-long period to display their students’ art in the space. The third gallery of art went up yesterday, showcasing art from students in the first through eighth grades at Saint Anne Catholic School. Saint Anne offers art to students from Pre School through the Eighth grade and has an art club that meets weekly after school

Paulette Leonard’s student’s artwork is a sampling from a variety of different projects for each grade. First grade art is inspired by Paul Klee’s “Fantasy Fish” and is an oil pastel resist of a fish theme. “Second grade begins the year drawing animal habitats and learning how to create a composition that shows foreground, middle ground and back ground,” Leonard says. “Students choose from a variety of mediums when deciding how to add color to their pictures.” Third grade designs and paints a landscape based on personal experience and uses planetary symbols to create a colorful drawing using soft pastels dipped in sugar water which intensifies the color and keeps it from smearing once dry.

Saint Anne fourth graders learn how to draw three dimensional forms and shade a still life set up in the classroom. Fifth grade designs a “Chromatic Quadrant” that visually explains the color wheel. “These examples show primary colors, secondary colors, complementary colors and blending analogous colors,” Leonard says. Seventh grade paints their “Shadow Painting” designs using tempera paint in a monochromatic color scheme. The shadows are traced directly onto the paper from cast shadows outdoors. “Overlapping the cast shadows makes this composition from nature more abstract,” she explains. Eighth grade uses the art work from Frank Stella to create their relief sculptures cut from insulation foam.

Artwork by the students from Saint Anne Catholic School will be on display at the Hayes Furniture Building until February 29, 2016.