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Second Graders Create Mock Art Gallery at Lampeter Elementary School

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Room 204's art exhibit is a feast for the eyes.

Every Child is an Artist

If you want to know about Van Gogh or learn about a piece by Matisse, head to Room 214 at Lampeter Elementary School. The 19 second-graders inside have become amateur art historians, thanks to an innovative project created by their teacher, Ms. Alanna Parker.

"I love art and think you can learn so much from art movements and art history," explained Ms. Parker. "I wanted to give the students an opportunity to research someone who they were interested in while also taking control of their creative experience."

And take control they did. Ms. Parker put together a presentation that showcased the work of 19 artists and asked students to each rank their three favorites. She used the results to assign each student an artist to research, write about, and recreate their art style. Classmates also presented their work and educated each other, learning even more about art in the process.

"It was amazing to see students take ownership of their artists and become experts in their lives and art types," she said.

Ms. Parker mounted the finished projects - original artwork, biography brochure, acrostic poem, typographic name poster, collage, and colored cutout - onto panels to create a mock art gallery in the purple pod's common area. The Room 214 Art Exhibit opened in late January to rave reviews from both students and teachers.

In addition to art appreciation, Ms. Parker used the project to sharpen her students' life skills.

"I wanted to show them that life has so many ways to express themselves and how a lot of artists had to have perseverance and drive to achieve greatness," she said.

About the Artists

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Ms. Parker's students put their own spin on the work of (clockwise from left) Bridget Riley, Pablo Picasso, Wassily Kandinsky, Salvador Dalí, Andy Warhol, Faith Ringgold, Vincent Van Gogh, Georgia O'Keeffe, Henri Matisse, and Keith Haring.

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Ms. Parker's students put their own spins on the work of (clockwise, from left) Edgar Degas, Yayoi Kusama, Leonardo da Vinci, René Magritte, Frida Kahlo, Claude Monet, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Piet Mondrian, and Roy Lichtenstein

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