Art show displays student work in Silver Creek

SILVER CREEK – The Silver Creek Elementary lobby has been transformed into an art gallery. Mobiles hang from the ceiling, tables hold colorful pottery and walls are adorned with drawings, paintings and weaving.

The elementary art show runs until the second week of June in the elementary lobby and features work from pre-k through fifth-grade students. The artwork varies in all mediums from clay pottery, drawings, sculptures, furniture, mobiles, weaving and much more.

Williams said new projects this year include handmade paper greeting cards, mobiles made by the pre-k, animal pots and illustrations based on Native American poems.

Art teacher Denise Williams said there is an emphasis on Native American arts in collaboration with the fourth-grade curriculum on New York state history and the Iroquois.

“The benefits of arts education is to provide children with higher order of thinking skills, problem solving skills and avenues for communication. Through artistic representation, we share the constructs and concerns of being human. The arts are not just important, they are a central force. The arts are the evidence of our past from ancient civilizations to our present society,” Williams said.

Jacob Helmer, 10, made an Iroquois-style pot. “We used clay strips and put a collar at the top,” he explained.

“The design matches artifacts found in our area and the effigy represents a specific clan,” Williams said.

Jacob made a beaver head effigy representing the beaver clan.

Jacob also had weaving on display. He said he enjoyed the repetitiveness of the project and found it relaxing.

“In the realm of a child’s mind dwells a spirit that flutters from curiosity to play to whimsical dance. A child views the world through a smile. Everything is colorful, everything is hopeful, life is a celebration – just because! This is very apparent in a child’s art work. A child will freely create a unique expression of their life, feelings and experiences through painting, drawing or with clay if given the opportunity,” Williams added.

Marlie Schmitt, 10, crafted a moon pottery disc.

“We drew it first, then shaped the clay and then painted it. It was fun to create,” she said.

Marlie also made a book shelf in the fifth-grade after school program. She decorated the piece with feather boas and painted it pink and black zebra print – her favorite color and print.

“It was fun,” she said.

The fifth-grade after school program takes three days for students to transform furniture.

“This program is designed to help students select media, techniques and processes; analyze what makes them effective or not effective in communicating ideas; and have a good time creating highly individual works of art,” Williams said.

Jacob said he looks forward to doing an after-school project next year.

“The arts are acts of intelligences. We are emotional beings. What better way to educate our emotions than through the arts?” Williams said. “The arts bring inspiration to the mind and spirit of every child. The arts provide a way to apply our imagination, thought and feelings through a variation of languages that illuminate life and all its wonder, happiness and pain.”