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Middle School Art Show Shines Brightly
Middle School Art Show


As visitors step into the brightly lit Carol Franc Buck Hall of the Arts (HOTA), they are greeted by a kaleidoscope of colors, themes, and textures, courtesy of our Middle School art students. “Each piece tells a unique story of exploration and discovery that students got to experience this year in art class,” shares Art Teacher Sally Houston. “Our Middle School students worked very hard to create work that is a celebration of creativity, diversity, and learning. And it shows.”

The HOTA Lobby has been transformed into a vibrant showcase of two-dimensional and three-dimensional artworks. “The walls are hung with a mix of paintings, drawings, and mixed media pieces,” continues Houston, “demonstrating the students’ mastery of various techniques and styles. From pen and ink drawings to delectable oil pastel cake paintings, each artwork reflects the individuality and imagination of its creator. Vibrant hues dance across walls inviting viewers to immerse themselves in a world of boundless visual possibilities.”

Throughout the hall, there are collections of sculptures commanding attention with their bold forms and intricate details. “There’s creativity in every corner, from whimsical figures inspired by folk art to sculptures made to look like food good enough to eat,” exclaims Houston. “Students in sixth grade created cake slices in the style of Wayne Thiebaud, while the seventh graders looked to Oaxaca, Mexico for inspiration for their clay animal sculptures. Eighth graders created food so realistic it challenges your taste buds and your eyes.” 

Guided by Houston, the students explored a wide range of artistic traditions and cultural influences, gaining a deeper understanding of the world around them in the process. From studying the intricate patterns of mandalas to experimenting with the bold colors of pop art, each lesson sparked new insights and inspired fresh perspectives.

“The annual Art Show is more than just a display of talent,” exclaims Ms. Houston. “It is a testament to the transformative power of art education. Through the students’ exploration of different techniques and cultures, they not only honed their technical skills, but also cultivated empathy, curiosity, and a sense of belonging.”