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Kent ISD Art Show!

posted Oct 31, 2012, 3:30 AM by Molly Marshall

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GRAND RAPIDS – A variety of art from Byron Center Public Schools artists is now on view at Kent ISD. Drawings, paintings, digital art and more can be viewed in the lobby at 2930 Knapp NE during business hours now through November 2.

The student artists in grades K-8 study a variety of mediums and concepts throughout the year. Teachers Rachel Ambroso from Countryside Elementary, Jon LaBeau from Brown Elementary, Molly Marshall from Nickels Intermediate and Janine Campbell from Byron Center West Middle School help students explore principles of design, a variety of materials and creativity.

Each instructor works to incorporate academics like history and social studies with art.  “I want students to look at history, as well as their everyday surroundings, for inspiration” says Ambroso. Her students’ work includes nature themes, Picaso-style portraits and drawings of monuments.

Cultural and history studies are evident throughout all of the work on display and are expressed differently by each student. “I believe all students should have the opportunity to create, explore and communicate,” says Campbell. “I am always amazed at the creativity in which they create new ways of thinking and seeing the world.”

The Byron Center Public Schools art display is one of a series during the year from schools within Kent ISD. Northview High School will have a display in November.  Other schools with displays this year include Forest Hills Public Schools, Plymouth Christian High School and Kentwood Public Schools. Kent ISD also participates in the annual Congressional Arts Competition, serving as local judges and occasionally offering purchase awards to student winners.