l and were transformed into student art galleries Tuesday night.
Packed with parents and students for opening night of the ninth annual Student Art Show, attendees eagerly viewed the hard work of the schools' art teachers and students in the elementary and middle schools.
According to Art Teacher Heather DeConde, beginning in September, she and the other art teachers started preparing for the show, putting pieces aside that would be displayed. In many cases, the art is intertwined with other subjects.
“We believe in connecting the arts with other subjects such as science, math and more,” DeConde said.
Her co-worker Gayle Gruber, also a Lake Riviera art teacher, said the show is a great way to tie in film with the arts and sciences, as exhibited in the Art Club’s "The Lorax" display.
“We wanted to work with students on creating 'Lorax' because the movie and its theme relates to recycling and reducing your carbon footprint,” Gruber said.
Through "Lorax," students learned about the importance of being able to help the planet.
In addition to the book-turned-movie, other books such as Skippy Jon Jones and The Dot were incorporated into the pieces. Additional pieces on display included a mural of Van Gogh's "Starry Night" and a small world theme which included art work of people from around the world of different cultures.
“I’m beyond proud [of the teachers and students]," said Dr. Alyce Anderson, Lake Riviera Middle School Principal. "This is a wonderful celebration of the creative talents of our students. It brings both sides of town together, united on one theme."
Attendee and mother of two children in the district, Laura Goskowsky of the Midsteams section, said the students did a great job and that there are so many talented kids.
Between the two schools, there were more than 1,000 pieces on display consisting of 2D and 3D work, watercolors, drawings, collages and more.
This is the second year the middle schools participated in the show.