By Helen Zeidman
Monsters are everywhere: closets, under beds, and in the Ms. McBrien’s art room. Kindergartners from Windsor Manor are bringing their monsters to life with the help of Ms. McBrien’s high school art students.
Ms. McBrien is partnering with her former student teacher, Mrs. Filiziani, an art teacher at Windsor Manor, to bring their students together with a collaboration project.
“We decided to do a project together when she got a position,” McBrien, the art teacher who helped coordinate the project, said. “No matter where she went, we were going to do something together.”
Kindergarten students from Windsor Manor learned about shapes by drawing monsters. Then, the high school students turned the two dimensional images into three dimensional sculptures of the kindergarteners’ drawings.
“Our mission is to bring two dimensional images into three dimensional product.” McBrien said.
The students were still able to use their creative license with the projects by interpreting what happens after the drawing.
“Not only is is fun to look at kindergarten art, but as artists, the students get to determine what happens after the drawing,” McBrien said.
Translating drawings into sculptures can be harder than it looks. Those stick figure legs that children draw on their monsters do not work well in clay.
“There are some adaptations that have to be made.” McBrien said.
Despite the challenges, the students are happy to be involved with the project.
“I liked taking the little kids’ creations and making them come to life.” Brittany Myers, a junior, said.
Over 70 projects are in the works, with most students making at least two models.
Art is just as important to the kindergartners as it is to the high school students.
“Art continues the creative process,” McBrien said. “The creative process is so important, it helps us find unique solutions to many problems.”
The students enjoy the challenge and fun that art class provides.
“I look forward to going to art class.” Keisha Martinez, a senior, said. “I can show someone my project and say ‘I made this!’”
For some students, art is more than just a class -- it is much needed break.
“Art calms me down.” Brittany Myers said. “It is relaxing for me.”
After the clay is set and the paint is dry, the high school students will present their kindergarten partners with their own monsters and make their nightmares come true. The ceremony will take place in early May.
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