FROM Stacey Drix
Art expertise is not required to win an art competition for students at Kingsbridge International High School, but it takes a lot of imagination.
As the name of the school says, students come from all over the world, and some, such as teenagers Nadia Actor from Bangladesh and Fatumata Sanyang from Gambia in West Africa, came without experience in the arts. So they decided to give it a try.
The project, which took four and a half months to finish was three-dimensional Roman-style portrait sculptures using recyclable materials.
They used this work, participated in the annual city art competition of PS and won. Through a partnership between the education department and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, their sculptures are behind a glass exhibit at the largest museum in the Western Hemisphere.
“Honestly, I feel famous,” Sanyang said, “it was really great.”
Akther’s art will also be shown on one of the big screens in Times Square.
The PS Art competition, which celebrates 20 years of PS Art, recognizes outstanding works of art and instructions from the K-12. His panel of professional artists and educators evaluate the works.
The challenge for the student sculptors was to combine facial features and their unique features.
“Everyone here will agree and admit that something so difficult and successful in creating them has given them a sense of confidence that I somehow build in them,” said art teacher Bob Hackler.
Each work of art represents the individuality of the students, he said.
The actor portrayed her hijab, and Sanyang focused on how to make her hair close to perfection.
Although he worked throughout the semester, Actor had to stay after school several times to complete his hijab because the cast dried very quickly.
“It’s like an operation,” Sanyang said.
To make the sculpture look as natural as possible, the students had to remove dry clay that had not been handled properly. Sanyang had to remove his small pieces without carefully damaging the other parts, using specific tools.
Sanyan loves to crochet and with the guidance of her teacher she uses this skill in her project. The yarn was one of the materials she used to style and style her hair, making it look naturally voluminous.
Fees for participation in the competition were covered, saving any costs for the school’s art program.
Cardboard and hot glue were used to create the reinforcement for the sculpture, which is the frame on which the individual sculpture is built. Without it, the sculpture cannot stand alone.
Papier mache was used as the essence of three-dimensional works of art. Starting as a powder, young artists restore it with water to make a sculptural clay.
“I think art is most effective when it connects with other fields,” Hehler said.
The art competition evaluates works that are related to the teaching and study of visual arts.
Hehler directed students to think differently about the world through art. And it happened. Motivation paved the way for them to express themselves while thinking creatively and asking problem-solving questions.
The art teacher uses skills from other subject areas, such as biology and history, to help students orient themselves in their creativity in creating sculptures.
“The longer I went on and it turned out well, I said to myself, ‘Oh, I’m just going to go on,'” Sanyang said, “when my face was almost oval and looked like me.”
Creating art projects, Heckler teaches students biology – not exactly, but in essence. His students learned the muscular aspect of the sculpture by making a replica of themselves, such as the eyes, nose and location of the jaw line.
Global history was another lesson he asked students to focus on. The young victors invested deeply in the Middle Ages.
After Hehler gives them a visual presentation, they try to reach this and embody it in their work.
Sculptures were a dominant part of artistic culture in the Middle Ages, and as they deal with this history, it is helpful for students to understand the style.
However, their songs were not just for show and fame.
PS Art offers selected students from grades 9-11 the opportunity to register for free art lessons for the school year 2022-23 in Studio at School – a visual arts organization that partners with DOE.
There, students will work in workshops on drawing, painting, digital photography and prints.
Art winners in the Bronx
Two other students from Kingsbridge International were also honored in an art competition.
Feber Herrera, a senior, took part in an art competition in the Bronx with something a little different from sculpture.
“Through this race,” it shows that I’m capable of doing amazing things, “Herrera said.
She presented an 11-foot totem pole. The work is on display at the Lehman College Art Gallery with his classmate Pedro Troncoso, who made a three-dimensional self-portrait sculpture. He won the art competition in the Bronx.
“The hardest part was making him look like me,” Tronkoso said.