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Friday, October 20, 2006


Carlisle School student artists exhibit at Gleason Library

Residents on their way to a talk or meeting in the Hollis Room at the Gleason Library will have noticed 15 pieces of work adorning the stairwells. These pictures, all worthy of hanging in a public area, were completed by students attending the Carlisle Public School in both the elementary and middle schools.

The Carlisle school curriculum includes fine arts as an essential component of K-8 education. To increase community awareness of local student talent and to see how students have thrived at the school, the Gleason Library has devoted the stairwell on the second floor to displaying student pictures. There are works exemplifying the elements and principles of design taught by art teachers at the school. One wall features paintings completed by artists while enrolled in grades six and seven in Impressionist style. Also on display are examples of Aztec clay sun gods completed by students from a grade five study.

"There will be a larger exhibit at the Gleason Library this January and at the Old Home Day exhibit this summer, as well as ongoing displays throughout the school," says elementary school art teacher Rachel Levy. "In addition, our 'Arts Week' exhibition in May will highlight works by individual artists from grades K to 8." Courtney Hadley, the primary art teacher for the middle school, works in conjunction with Levy to select student works and identify opportunities for "community outreach." Former middle school art teacher David Negrin continues to teach students privately, and some of the students with pieces on display attend classes at his studio in Concord.

This exhibit, which runs through the end of October, demonstrates how fine arts education benefits the community. It's well worth a visit to the Library's third floor.

Elementary school art teacher Rachel Levy stands before some of her students' works. (Photo by Mollie McPhee Ho)

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