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  • Families come together to create art

  • More than 150 students, parents, siblings and others enjoyed making all kinds of cool artistic creations, as well as having pizza in the cafeteria beforehand, at the first Kelley School Family Art Night March 7.

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  • More than 150 students, parents, siblings and others enjoyed making all kinds of cool artistic creations, as well as having pizza in the cafeteria beforehand, at the first Kelley School Family Art Night March 7.
    Organized by Kelley School art teacher Amy O’Connor, who also teaches art at Newark Middle School, the theme of the evening was “Art Connects.”
    And with the help of Newark High School Art Club students and NHS art teacher Courtney Dentel, who is also the district’s K-12 art supervisor, O’Connor said they created several different art-making activity stations/booths.
    “Each station was connected to another discipline or multiple disciplines to demonstrate how the visual arts support and reinforce or "connect" other subject areas such as math, science, ELA, etc,” O’Connor said. “The high school students created some wonderful lessons and visual aids. They spent every Tuesday and Thursday after school for the last couple of months preparing.”
    The various stations included:
    • Day of the Dead, created and run by Dawn Schwind, an art teacher at Lincoln, Perkins and Kelley schools created and ran a “Day of the Dead” where art and the Latin American culture were linked.
    • Sally Loiacono, NHS art teacher, offered a station on the art of Zentangle with a connection to mental health and wellness.
    • At another station, Kelley School PTA members Margaret Cepulo, Karen Hughes, also a Kelley School teacher assistant; Nicole Robbins and Darlene Salerno mounted artwork created that evening. It will be displayed at the upcoming Kelley School art showcase it will sponsor with O’Connor on March 26 from 6:30 to 8 p.m at the school. They also spoke to families about Youth Art Month.
    •  NHS Art Club members Jacob Cowles and Jordan Taney also had a booth where they sold handmade items such as pendants, buttons, and paper bead necklaces.
    • Charlotte's Web Animal Masks and literacy station created and run by NHS Art Club members Jenna Taylor, Hannah Croft, Maria Croft and Kendra York.
    • Cave Art and history station created and run by NHS Art Club members Ricky Partridge and Victoria Cramer.
    • Cookie Colorwheels and science station created and run by NHS Art Club members Juliet Rothpearl and Marleah Cunningham.
    • Symmetrical Splat Bugs and math and science station created and run by NHS Art Club members Jovany Jimenez and Grace Blondell.
    • Gyota Ku Fish Prints and literacy station created by NHS Art Club members Thia Harris (who was unable to attend) and Michaela Mason. Kelley School Reading teacher assistant Michele Vair also helped people make prints there.
    • Gallery Walk Scavenger Hunt created and run by NHS Art Club members Santasia Cummings, Xavier Santa and Jenifer Jiminez.
    • Kelley School Principal Teresa Prinzi and PTA member Valerie Fanning were in charge of welcoming guests at the event.
    Page 2 of 2 - • And fifth grade teachers Amanda Carpenter and Jill Manuel, as well as Holly Burgess, district occupational therapist and PTA member Tracy Larson served pizza and drinks in the cafeteria.
    • Gallery Walk Scavenger Hunt created and run by NHS Art Club members Santasia Cummings, Xavier Santa and Jenifer Jiminez.
    • Kelley School Principal Teresa Prinzi and PTA member Valerie Fanning were in charge of welcoming guests at the event.
    • And fifth grade teachers Amanda Carpenter and Jill Manuel, as well as Holly Burgess, district occupational therapist and PTA member Tracy Larson served pizza and drinks in the cafeteria.

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