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Friday, March 7, 2008


Carlisle students to exhibit art at Gleason Library


Eighth-grader Sarah Brantly works on her multi-media self-portrait for the student art exhibit. (Courtesy photo)

Starting March 15, the Gleason Library will host an art show highlighting artwork done by Carlisle students from grades K-8. With the help of Shirley Lynch Scarlett, Brooke Cragan and Library Director Angela Mollet, the show will be on exhibit through April 25.

The show will feature approximately 200 works of art including drawings, paintings and sculpture created by CPS students during the 2007-08 school year.

This is the second consecutive year for the student art show. The displays will be grouped by grades throughout the entire library. The location of the exhibit not only allows for students and parents to see the work, but also for other members of the community who visit the library. Community outreach is both a visual arts and school district goal.

Rachel Levy, the elementary school art teacher at the Carlisle School, teaches grades kindergarten through fifth grade once a week. Middle school art teacher, Courtney Hadley, teaches all students in grades 6-8 twice a week. Both mentor a middle school art club that meets twice a week. The fine arts curriculum is vertically aligned to ensure that the students move effortlessly from one grade to the next, building on the materials, methods and techniques they have learned in previous years. All projects meet the Massachusetts state framework requirements. Examples of integrated projects are also on display, including folk-art weathervanes and Inuit art prints. With a wide range of student drawings, paintings and sculpture, the show offers a good representation of the entire elementary and middle school art curriculum.

Student-created film

Also showing at the exhibit will be a short film created by fifth- and sixth-graders during a week-long project with visiting artist Jeff “Jeffu” Warmouth. Warmouth is an artist and filmmaker who received his MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University and is currently professor of communications media at Fitchburg State College. His short films have been shown at independent film festivals across the country, and his most recent film, Spudnik, was included in the 2007 Annual Exhibition at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park. Warmouth’s February visit was made possible by a generous grant from the Carlisle School Association.

In preparation for their film, students worked in small groups in order to construct miniature scale sets with simple art materials such as cardboard, construction paper, paint and modeling clay. The highly anticipated end result is a DVD containing video footage of every group’s short film, of which each student received a copy.

A reception on March 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Gleason Library will honor the artists. Small instrumental and vocal groups from the school’s music department organized, by Carlisle music teachers, Deana Saada-Smith and Megan Fitzharris, will provide entertainment on the third floor. Everyone is invited! ∆

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