Showers, Halloween affect student art

PUHI — “Oh-h-h, it’s cold!” squealed one student as the wind blew drops of rain on her.

“Quick! You need to work quickly. Water (from the rain) will cause reactions, too,” guest artist Ambrose Curry told the group’s members as they huddled under a tent to try and escape the passing showers.

“He’s in his element,” one of the passing Island School staffers noted of Curry, who was one of 20 guest volunteer artists who led classes at the Island School Art Day Friday.

The strong smell of the catalyzing resin in the Polyester Explosion kept Curry and his group away from the classrooms, but evidence of his work could be seen from the school, as patches of bright, three-dimensional art advertised his station under the tent.

Other students were luckier, having their artistic creations monitored in the classrooms. Brigitte D’annibale was another guest artist who led the younger students in Trash Art.

Students rummaged through assorted recycled items to create panels of art that D’annibale said could be pieced together to form a mural for one of the school’s walls.

Recycling of trash into pieces of art appeared to permeate the Puhi campus, as Diki Bettencourt helped her students create a haunted house using recycled materials.

“This is taking too long,” grumbled Christy Mayfield, one of the students. “I spent so little time on making (the landscaping), and so much time just painting.”

Some of the other students worked their way around the painting routine by saying, “Ours is not going to be painted.”

In another station led by guest artist Scott Ferguson, students were cutting pieces from a discarded surfboard to create three-dimensional sculptures.

The haunted house appeared to be one of the more exciting stations, as other artists worked with more conventional art forms.

Other students fashioned pinhole cameras from recycled Quaker Oats containers and shoe boxes, to expose pieces of photographic paper while their leader kept time.

But, the students didn’t care. They simply inverted the picture right-side up.

The budding artists and guest leaders were hosted to a luncheon by the Island School parents following the morning-long activity.

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