Loft School kids display artwork at annual show

By Georgia Sparling | Mar 17, 2017
Photo by: Georgia Sparling Dean Kalkanis points to his artwork at the Loft School art show.

Marion — This school year, pre-kindergarten students at the Loft School took their artistic cues from Michelangelo (painting upside down), Georgia O'Keeffe (painting flowers) and Wayne Thiebaud (pop art with sprinkles on top) among other artists.

On Wednesday, they displayed their artwork at the school's annual show.

Teacher Chrissy Farias said kids used a range of mediums, from Q-tips to popsicle sticks and marbles, to create works in the style of famous artists.

“This is a big deal for them,” she said

The kids said they loved to create artwork.

Harrod Field enjoyed using red and brown and paintbrushes.

“I like to paint,” he said. “You get to use a brush.”

Charlotte Oliveira said painting a piece of art to look like a colorful cheeseburger was one of her favorite projects of the year. She also liked creating flowers.

“I like to draw flowers because they're pretty,” she said.

Farias said the four and five year olds were, at times, hesitant to imitate the masters.

“A lot of times they'll feel like they can't do it,” said Farias. “I work hard to break it down for them. I know the end result's so worth it. It's really about gaining confidence.”

Having their work on display for parents, grandparents and friends to see gives the students pride in their art, she said.

A colorful piece in the window. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)
Students created formations using flowers and leaves in the courtyard. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)
A collage of the kids painting. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)
Wayne Thiebaud's pop art was the inspiration for these cupcakes with sprinkles on top. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)
A Van Gogh-inspired flower. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)
The pre-k kids are all smiles at their art show. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)
The students painted upside down like Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)
Cheeseburgers! (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)
The kids used Georgia O'Keeffe's artwork as their inspiration to paint flowers. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)
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