Tonawanda News — On Tuesday, some of the students involved in the show took a break during classes to talk a little about how they felt about the experience and the presence of their work in the show. Seventh-grader Anna Gehl called it “exciting,” as did eighth-grader Salina Alvaredo.
“I think it’s pretty cool that my painting’s in the show,” Alvaredo admitted, “and it makes me feel kind of special.”
Sometimes the pieces that didn’t make it to the show made as much of an impact as those that did. Eighth-grader Veysal Mukhtasimova has a self-portrait in the show, but was visiting the classroom to work on a second attempt at his Day of the Dead skull.
“You have to take your time,” he said. “My first time I did the skull, I rushed and the top was too thin. The second time, I took my time and it turned out better.
“Art ... there’s many different parts. It’s not just drawing. You have to be creative.”
Seventh-grader Ryder Uplinger was working with classmates on “ugly jugs,” an artform with links to African culture and the American South and a project linked to the students’ social studies lessons.
“In other classes, you have to go by guidelines and rules,” he said. “In art, we can express ourselves.”
The show runs through March 22. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 13, free art activities for elementary-age students will be presented, sponsored by the NT Art Department.IF YOU GO • WHAT: North Tonawanda "Creative Visual Arts Student Spotlight" • WHEN: Opens with a reception from 6:30 to 7:30 tonight. The exhibit runs through March 22. Hours are noon to 3 p.m. Wednesdays to Fridays and noon to 2 p.m. Saturdays. • WHERE: Carnegie Art Center, 240 Goundry St., North Tonawanda. • FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call the center at 694-4400. • ACTIVITY: There will be free art activities for elementary-age students presented from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 13 at the center, sponsored by the NT Art Department.