Art show at Stafford Elementary

Image: Self portraits — Jane Medrano’s fifth grade class’ self portraits.

Self portraits — Jane Medrano’s fifth grade class’ self portraits. (Cindy Sutherland)

Monday night at 6:30 p.m. Stafford Elementary was full of beautiful artwork, fun, laughter, and students with their parents. Stafford Elementary hosted their first art show of the year.

As you walked down the hall your eyes were delighted by all the colorful artwork hanging on the walls. Then when you visited the various classrooms, again, your eyes were met with more beautiful art.

The younger grades’ artwork was autumn themed. There were beautiful pictures of pumpkins, falling leaves, and scarecrows.

The older grades learned how to draw with shadows, light, and perspective.

Jane Medrano’s fifth grade class studied the history of the artist, Amedeo Modigliani. Modigliani was born in Livorno, Italy and began his artistic studies there before moving to Paris in 1906. He was influenced by friends and modern day artists. He began to create elongated faces, almost cartoonish. “We took the same concepts and did our self portraits. The students had a great time doing the drawings and learning about the history of a person that influenced the art world,” explained Medrano.

The teachers were very happy with the turnout. It gave them an opportunity to bring the parents up to date on what their children have been learning and show off their artwork at the same time.

Another fun and successful event at Stafford Elementary.