Region 15 schools is observing Youth Art Month again this year with the display of local student art work at Southbury Public Library through the month of March. Art created by students from Pomperaug High School will be hung in the Southbury Public Library gallery.
Art teacher Florin Firimita will be hanging a selection of mixed media, paintings and drawings created by students in the PHS advanced and AP Fine art classes.
In addition, students from PHS photography classes will display a sample of digital watercolors. “The images have been taken by the students and digitally manipulated in Photoshop to look like real watercolor paintings,” said Alisa Rosenberg, PHS Photography teacher.
Art teacher Andrea Jakiela’s students created paintings in the style of the Aboriginal Dot painters from Australia, using sticks to create these images in the same way the Aborigines did. Traditionally, Aboriginal colors consisted of various paint colours like yellow (the sun), brown (the soil), red (desert sand) and white (the clouds and the sky).
The art work will be on display from March 2 through March 30, 2015.
Held annually, Youth Art Month emphasizes the value of art education for all children and encourages support for quality school art programs. Region 15 is proud to have collaborated with the Southbury Public Library for over twenty-five years, displaying creative art work during Youth Art Month.
“Art education develops self-esteem, appreciation of the work of others, self-expression, cooperation with others, and creative and critical thinking skills--skills vital to our children’s growth,” said Mrs. Sarjeant. “We are very grateful to the Southbury Library for allowing us to have an art gallery there during Youth Art Month. I encourage all the residents to stop by and view the wonderful pieces.”