METUCHEN — Art created by Metuchen students in grades kindergarten through 12 is on display at the school board office at Moss School.
Supervisor of Music, Art and World Languages in the district, Mary Lou Roma explained the project as a “collective effort” to foster artistic understanding throughout the grades.
She went on to say, “For the past three years, the departmental goals have been structured to create a broader understanding of artistic concepts; concepts and focuses that could be understood and interpreted at any grade level. Last year, the district focused on ‘hands’ illustrating all the things and representations students connected with ‘hands.’ Some projects had ‘helping hands’ surrounding pollution or recycling, others represented hands as bridges to symbolic or realistic places, yet others featured hands as a garden. Two years ago, the Keith Harring project had students study the basic concepts of love, hate, war and peace, represented in Harring’s art and created their own interpretations of the projects. The success of the former projects mentioned, prompted this year’s project: a look at today’s global society and a focus on ‘Celebrations Around the World.'”
The kindergarten students studied the Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival and drew part of a cherry blossom tree. A cherry blossom tree began to bloom right outside the art room window at Moss, so the students had firsthand experience about what the trees in Japan might look like.
The Campbell School artists, grades 1 through 4, studied various festival around the world including the 4th of July in the United States and the Venetian Carnival in Venice. Edgar Middle School students studied and represented African tribal masks and Chinese lanterns. The high school students focused on the Mexican holiday, “Day of the Dead,” Eastern Mandelas, and Aboriginal Art.
This is the last stop for this exhibit that will be displayed throughout the school year at the Board of Education offices. The exhibit started its journey this spring at the Metuchen High School Art festival in April then made its opening at the Campbell School “Open House” in May and the Edgar Middle School Art Festival in June.
The board office is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays at 16 Simpson Place in Metuchen.
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