Originally published in Castine Patriot, June 12, 2014
Art Fest artists show how they created work on display
From left, Charlotte Griffith, West Hope and Caitlyn Tobey demonstrate weaving techniques at the Mitchell Room of the Castine Historical Society during the Adams School Art Fest in Castine, Maine on June 4.
by Anne Berleant
“Every child is an artist.” Pablo Picasso’s quote graced the entrance to one of two venues for the Adams School second annual Art Fest on June 4. The works, created with paint, paper, eggs, clay and, most of all, imagination, appeared to prove those words true. The student demonstrations showed young artists who could explain the techniques behind the works.
“I give them the leeway to come up with their own projects, and the inspirations…then I let them go,” said art teacher Judy Parks, who also teaches at Penobscot Community School and hosts an art show there, without the live demonstrations. “The great thing is, they don’t realize how much they’re learning, about art history, design, and what works.”
A wall of paper mâché wolf heads, a pizza box display, Japanese-style painted fans, Ukrainian pysanky eggs layered with colored wax and etched into designs and panoramas filled the walls and halls of the school and the Mitchell room of the historical society.
“You go from layers to color, from light to dark,” fifth grader Amelia Griffith explained, as she completed an intricately designed egg, using the pysanky process.
Caitlin Tobey and Charlotte Griffith, demonstrated weaving techniques using yarn and paper plates, while other students hosted live presentations of various techniques used in creating the art on display.
“It just makes you smile,” said Mary Ellen Hunt, viewing art-filled walls and shelves of the historical society venue.
“At the end, I think [the students] are amazed at what they can do,” Parks concluded.