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May 16, 2013

The colors of teamwork

Tonawanda art students turn visit to Corning Museum of Glass into Chihuly-inspired sculpture


Tonawanda News — While the students learned a lot about various forms of artwork from the project, Lynch said, more than anything else, he’ll remember their teamwork.

“They’re a good group of kids to begin with, but just to see all of them coming in after school, and talking about it, saying ‘This should go there’ and ‘That should be here’ ... that’s the best part,” he said.

Students who worked on the piece said that they’d learned a lot from what they saw at the museum, including the Chihuly piece. Many spoke about how impressed they were by the artwork and how deceptive it could be.

“It looked so complex, but it was so simple,” said Gabrielle Amato.  

Student Tim Tyler agreed.

“Some of the artwork there, you look at it and say, ‘How in the world did they did that?’” he said.

Connor Maxwell, who deemed the trip “awesome,” said he’d learned things not only from the museum visit, but also from the process of putting the students’ piece together.

“It was very messy,” he said. “And Gatorade bottles are not good bottles for this.”

The chandelier and many other pieces of student art created by those in kindergarten through 12th grade will be featured in the school district’s upcoming student art show, which will take place June 4 to 6 at the high school wellness gym. An opening reception will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. June 4, and a closing reception and awards ceremony will follow from 6 to 8 p.m. June 6.

The exhibit will also feature work by students that recently won second place in their age category — and a $650 grant — in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s Art’scool “Inspired” art contest 

Teacher Tina Edholm-McNelis said that students from the studio art classes visited the gallery in December, and were inspired by the Sol Lewitt-conceived “Wall Drawing #1268” at the gallery to create their own pencil works on 16-by-20-inch pieces of paper. Selected students from the classes, including ninth-graders Julia Ruch, Elizabeth Kanalley and Ciara Woodin, were then chosen to execute their works directly on the wall near the art classrooms, much like the drawing is directly on the wall at the Albright-Knox.

IF YOU GO • WHAT: Tonawanda City School District art show • WHEN: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 4, 5 and 6. There will be an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. June 4 and a closing reception from 6 to 8 p.m. June 6. • WHERE: Tonawanda High School wellness gym, 600 Fletcher St., City of Tonawanda

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