The Westside School Art Gallery is full of life and imagination

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The Westside School Art Gallery is alive with animals both real and imagined!

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Don’t miss the current exhibit and see wonderful graphite drawings of animals patiently created by the Middle School Drawing Exploratory students as they studied about proportion and value.

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You will also find a sampling of some fantastic animals created by the fifth grade class as they learned about and created their own Alebrije animal sculptures and Amate paintings.  Both of these Mexican Folk Arts came to life in their studies in Spanish as well as in Art. You may have seen the original works of art if you visited the World Language Exhibition of Learning in March.

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The fifth grade class is also displaying their drawing sketchbooks; the result of a lengthy unit that introduced them to a variety of drawing techniques. This unit focused heavily on helping students realize the benefits of using drawing as a tool for learning and communication.

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If you think the animal theme stops with two-dimensional art think again. There are some distinct and magical animal sculptures created by the Middle School Metals Exploratory class. These ambitious projects involved the students in learning to work with wire and found materials to create volumetric animal forms. Each one is unique and presented numerous challenges for the students as they invented ways to attach and fashion their materials into these tactile sculptures.

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If the animals don’t keep you captivated be sure and check out more graphic work by both Middle School drawing students as well as Westside School third grade students. The interplay of negative and positive space in these compositions are creative and sure to peak your imagination!