Students’ Talent, Work, on Display at Hunt Memorial Art Show

Students’ Talent, Work, on Display at Hunt Memorial Art Show
Posted on 05/12/2017

Ellenville’s student artists showcased their work at the first ever K-12 Art Show, which opened May 10, 2017, at the Hunt Memorial Building.

The exhibit, titled “In Our Voices,” was the culmination of student’s work throughout the school year, said High School Art Teacher Rowan Kunz. Paintings, photographs, small and large sculpture, ceramics, and more were on display, and the exhibit filled several rooms of the sprawling Hunt building, which has undergone extensive renovations in recent years. Students strolled through the galleries, meeting many of the artists and exploring the exhibit.

Amy Mottola, who teaches art in the Middle School, said she and her colleagues in the Art Department encourage their students to “think and behave like artists and follow the direction of their own creative voice.” She added that art class also introduces students to a host of careers such as film and television, graphic design, animation, industrial design, and more.

The arts also hone an array of crucial skills, studies show. Students who participate in the arts are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement and tend to do better in math, science, and essay writing, according to a report by the Americans for the Arts. Art also helps students learn how to interpret, criticize, and use visual information, and can strengthen problem solving and decision making skills.

“As artists they’re developing 21st Century skills,” said Ms. Kunz. “Art naturally gets them to think from different perspectives.”

Visitors may also view the exhibit 2:30-4 p.m. May 16 at the Hunt Memorial Building, Liberty Place, Ellenville.

Art show flyerTwo students view paintingsCellophane sculptures of the human form

A student looks over art work