Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Seeing Beauty In The Ruins

Community School art teacher Cara Frost’s students used ash from the Beaver Creek Fire as a medium of exploration, calling on each individual’s separate perspectives on the shared experience. Class discussions centered around memories of sunset, smells and sounds, Frost said, as well as listening for helicopters, sitting in traffic and packing bags. “Art class has been about investigating the marks that have been left on our landscapes, in our minds, and dreams,” she said. The artwork seen in this display was created by students in kindergarten through fifth grade. “We were investigating how ash would transform when mixed with paint, glue, chalk and oil,” she said. “We are currently completing individual final projects on personal perceptions of fire and smoke.” The middle school has also been exploring a similar process, but with differing and unexpected outcomes. Above, front row, sitting is Lucy Weekes, first grade, left to right standing are Chloe Vogel, 2nd, Emmett Ruggeri, 4th, Gunner Boettger, 4th, Logan Lindstrom, 4th, Liesl Gerlach, 4th, Brielle Keim, 2nd. Frost is standing in the back.
Express photo by Willy Cook

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