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Jefferson Students’ Art Work Chosen for NJPAC Spring Exhibition

From Jefferson Elementary School:

Three art students from Jefferson Elementary School were chosen to show their work at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark spring exhibition: Maddy Epstein (3-WR), Cassia Luhrman (3-FB), and Scarlett Friedman (5-Rh).

Both 3rd grade works were inspired by the Japanese artist Hokusai. Hokusai loved nature and was well known for his wood block prints. Since Hokusai’s prints were made out of several layers, students also worked in layers. They started with a background painting inspired by nature. Then they printed on top of their paintings with Styrofoam and ink. Finally, they drew into their work with a variety of materials, (markers, chalk pastels, oil pastels, color pencils, etc.)

The 5th grade name mandala was inspired by Tibetan sand mandalas. Students created a name design on a triangle and then traced it forwards and backwards to create their mandala. Then students outlined in sharpie, used blending techniques with colored pencils and then finally added india ink and water color to finish their name designs that demonstrated radial symmetry.

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