Illustrious Illustrations

Feb. 19-25, 2004
Illustrious Illustrations
By Eileen Jevis/ SUN staff writer
SUN photo(s) Paul Finch
Rome Art & Community Center showcases students’ artwork

ROME –– Over 150 people attended opening night of Rome Catholic School’s annual student art show on Feb. 11 held at the Rome Art & Community Center. Students in grades kindergarten through 12 proudly showed their drawings, paintings and sculptures to parents, grandparents and friends. As children ran from one exhibit to another, looking for their own artwork and admiring the work of others, parents and family members enjoyed a cake and punch reception as they strolled from room to room. “This was the first year in several years, we haven’t had horrible weather,” said RCH art teacher, Denise Tan. “Because of the bad weather in years past, parents were in a hurry to go. This year, everyone was easy-going and relaxed and spent a lot of time just hanging out and visiting.”

Tan said that there were over 490 pieces of artwork on exhibit, representing all grade levels. “It’s nice for all different grade levels,” said Tan. “The younger kids get to see what the older kids have done and vice versa.” Tan said that it’s particularly enjoyable because many of the students have siblings in other grades and they are interested in seeing what they have done. “That makes it more personal,” said Tan. Ashley Engle, a ninth-grader at RCH, has three pieces entered in the exhibit. She proudly showed off her clay sculpture of a mermaid as well as her pastel chalk drawing of a turtle and a crayon and tempura painting of a galaxy of stars. Ashley said that the turtle drawing is her favorite and she enjoys taking art with Mrs. Tan. “Mrs Tan is a good teacher, she really is,” said Ashley. “She’s taught us about color, using the color wheel and how to mix colors.” Ashley also said she’s learned about shapes and lines and all the different ways to express art. “Right now we are doing a country project. We selected a country, drew the outline of the country’s shape and are drawing the faces of the people who live there inside the outline,” explained Ashley. “It’s hard drawing faces. There’s a lot of erasing.” Ashely picked Ireland as the country to draw and noticed that while many of the people there have blond hair, blue eyes and a lot of freckles, the culture is very diverse.

Katie Tan, a sixth-grader at RCH had six entries in the exhibit. Katie used many different media to demonstrate her artistic talent –– from a chalk pastel, entitled ‘Saxational’ to a clay sculpture of a guinea pig. Of all the pieces entered, Katie said she likes her sculpture best. She also enjoys walking around and looking at all the artwork displayed in the exhibit. Another sixth-grader, Amanda Kaier, had four pieces on exhibit. They included a fountain pen/water color drawing, a charcoal drawing, a marker drawing and wax/watercolor picture that depicts the sun, moon and stars. Amanda said that of all the methods of art she has learned, using a fountain pen was most challenging. “I didn’t know what a fountain pen was,” said Amanda. “They were difficult to work with because you have to control the ink.”

Amanda is in the process of creating a ‘strawberry cow.’ I told my friend at lunch that strawberry milk comes from pink cows,” said Amanda. “I thought it would be fun to make a sculpture of a pink cow.” Claire Ariglio, also in grade six, has four pieces of artwork on exhibit. Her favorite piece on display is her sculpture of a green, sparkly dinosaur named ‘Fireball.’ She enjoys what Tan has taught her throughout her years in the Rome Catholic School System. “Mrs. Tan has taught us the elements of art –– color, line, texture, shape and form,” said Claire. “Mrs. Tan is fun. No matter what you do, she’s nice about it.”

The Rome Catholic Schools Art Exhibit will be on display at the Rome Art and Community Center until Feb. 27. The exhibit is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

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