JWPMS students work on exhibit for Erie Art Museum

Posted on December 11, 2015, in Academics

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James W. Parker Middle School seventh grade students are working on their exhibit for the 12th Annual Erie Art Museum Kids As Curators event.

Working with local painter Tom Ferraro, the students are creating pieces that focus around “Pop culture and Illusion.” JWPMS students are using inspiration for their project from “The Veldt”, a short story written by American author Ray Bradbury about a virtual reality room that gets out of control. Students are creating their own individualized shelves for one of the three parts to their exhibit.

The other parts include displaying their own 3D emojis, as well as incorporating emojis onto plastic balls for display.

Ferraro has been at the Middle School working with the art classes, as well as Mrs. Calfee and Mr. Williams’ classes to incorporate the cross-curricular element.

Each year, 3-5 schools participate in this program where students conceptualize, design and ultimately build exhibits with the assistance of an artist in residence, provided in cooperation with Erie Arts & Culture. The exhibits are installed in the Hagen Family Gallery (formerly the main Customs House space).

The exhibit will be on display starting in January, with an opening reception at the Museum on March 11, during gallery night.