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Vance Middle School Students Explore Impressionism and Perspective in Downtown Student Art Gallery

December 03, 2013

The Arts and Entertainment District is hosting the 3rd 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 arts are essential to the health and vitality of our Bristol community,” says Christina Blevins, Executive Director of Believe in Bristol. “Improving the quality of life for our youth through drawing, music, pottery, and much more is something Bristol should be proud of and ultimately brings us together as one.”

Each school or group that participates has a month-long period to display their students’ art in the space. The second gallery of art went up on December 2, showcasing works by students from Vance Middle School. Two art teachers’ classes were represented. Annie Edwards’ 7th and 8th graders were given assignments to help them explore the idea of proportion: the 7th graders were asked to complete a portrait as a group, each person responsible for one quadrant of the face, while the 8th graders explored both facial proportions and three-point perspective in their assignments. Mike Austin’s 7th and 8th graders have been looking at the works of Impressionists painters, and they worked on impressionist-style pictures in oil pastels and still life drawings in pencil.

Artwork by the students from Vance Middle School will be on display until January 2, 2013.

For more information, please contact René Rodgers at Believe in Bristol on 276-644-9700, rrodgers@believeinbristol.org, or visit the website at www.believeinbristol.org.