Mackinac Island Student Art Show

This weekend was the reception for the Mackinac Island K-12 student art show. We had a wonderful turnout and the students and parents alike enjoyed seeing art from across each grade level.

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Many of the students’ parents, grandparents, friends, and teachers were in attendance:

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Some of the students also had the opportunity to be interviewed by the local newspaper, the Mackinac Island Town Crier.

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What I tried to focus on in art class these past few weeks were self portraits, and also a study of the artist, Pablo Picasso. We learned a little bit about the artist himself, then looked a few of his paintings. In the picture below, K-1 students used watercolor to paint a Picasso-style portrait:

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In 2nd-3rd grade, I chose the sun as a creative face to study the Picasso style. Students used oil pastels to create suns with one side of warm colors and the other side of cool colors:

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With 5 high school art students this year, I gave them a bit of free range in terms of choosing their subjects. Their displayed artwork focused on watercolors and acrylic paintings:

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For 4th through 7th grade, I chose to display a variety of the artwork they’ve done throughout the year. They used a variety of different mediums, including oil pastel, colored pencil, and even created their own wax-resist scratchboards:

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Being my first time putting up an art show I was a little bit nervous about the outcome, but everyone in attendance truly enjoyed the show. The students’ artwork will be on display at the Mackinac Island Public Library from now through the Lilac Festival, so if you find yourself on Mackinac Island in the next month, please stop by to see all the incredible artwork!

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