Students from Haine Middle School prepare for 16th annual public art show
Haine Middle School teacher Noele Reynolds didn't learn her artful ways by using coloring books when she was a child.
“I never stayed inside the lines,” she told her sixth-graders, even as she instructed them to do so for their Zentangling projects, one more set of entries for the 16th annual public art show on May 16 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the school.
For this art exercise, students had drawn curvy and straight intersecting black lines on paper. Inside some of the shapes, the budding artists made patterns, some simple, some intricate.
Later, they would paint the different areas in blended watercolors.
“This is just a way of using patterns,” said Jenna Hartman, 12, of Cranberry, “a way to make something out of the ordinary, something no one has ever seen before.”
Allison Rentfrow, 11, also of Cranberry, will most likely hang the finished piece on her wall after it is viewed at the art show.
“I draw a lot and sketch,” she said. “My parents encourage me a lot.”
The students created art that would have the finished look of stained-glass panels.
For the show, Reynolds plans to hang about 3,000 pieces with each student contributing three.
She also will be using four tons of sand to display the students' ceramic bowls decorated inside with melted glass. Three-hundred raindrop shapes will fall from the ceiling. Three-dimensional masks will also be part of the exhibit.
“I have a different display every year,” said Reynolds of Harmony. “I haven't repeated a class project in 20 years — except the masks.”
Her experience as a freelance graphic designer with a fine arts degree from Kent State University led her to get her teaching certification and a master's degree from Carlow University. She is working on her master's degree in fine arts from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
During the school year, Reynolds and her classes transformed inspiration into a display of colors, shapes and art styles for the 1,500 to 2,000 people who are expected to attend the show.
While the sixth-graders worked on their patterns, fifth-grade classes painted ceramic hand shapes and their display stands.
“This is a fun project,” said Cassidy Coffman, 11, of Cranberry. “I'm not very good at drawing and stuff.”
But, she allowed, she was good at science.
Emma Woodard, 11, of Cranberry, had worked with clay before in art club. She also enjoyed creating the ceramic stamps.
“We could explore what we wanted to do,” she said, about the project. “We had directions, but we didn't have limits.”
Cree Nedley of Cranberry thought the project was a good one as she worked in her favorite color, purple.
“I liked making the hand,” the 11-year-old said. “It was challenging.”
Into their handprints, the students spelled their names and their best qualities in alphabet pasta. The noodles burned away when the pieces were fired in the kiln.
Dona S. Dreeland is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6353 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.