Students’ creations on display

HUBBARD — Using the pop art style of artist James Rizzi, Hubbard High School art students created various art pieces, including silhouettes and benches, displayed at Hubbard Elementary School.

High school art teacher Joshua MacMillan said more than 100 art students along with shop students from Dan Scarmack’s woodshop classes spent the past five weeks creating the artwork which was unveiled last week for parent-teacher conferences.

The work is based on the work of Rizzi, known for two- and three-dimensional pop art with work in painting, printmaking and sculpturing.

The completed project included nine large silhouettes of famous landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty, Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Parthenon.

”The idea was to give the elementary students an opportunity to take a trip around the world. There are landmarks from around the world,” MacMillan said.

Next to each piece is a small card containing six facts about the landmark, which were researched by students.

MacMillan said the project involved cardboard cut into shapes.

The second project was benches made by woodshop technology students who painted and placed them outside the elementary school nurse’s office.

Erika Kopanic, elementary school nurse, said she was thrilled with the new furniture outside her office.

”I love the benches. They look amazing. The children can wait on them when the come to the nurse’s office,” said Kopanic, who noted the office is very busy. ”I didn’t know I was getting the benches until I arrived at school Monday morning,” Kopanic said.

She said the benches have already caught the attention of many students.

The third part of the project was large panels painted by students. The panels contained holes where people can place their heads to create funny pictures.

MacMillan said the majority of the wood and cardboard was donated by Gasser Chair.

”This was probably the most in-depth project we have taken on,” he said.

MacMillan said students were assigned to different projects based on their strengths and abilities.

Erica Howes, a parent and former art student, said the unique projects catch visitors’ attention when they come to the building.

Kenyen Franklin, 10, a fourth grader, said he likes the benches the most as he took a turn sitting on one of them.