Blytheville French teacher Candice Groves hangs one of several pieces of student artwork that is being featured this month in the Gallery of the Ritz Civic Center. A reception honoring the students is set for Tuesday.
Student artwork going on display at Ritz
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Blytheville Courier News
More than three dozen students from Blytheville NewTech High School's Foreign Language Department are the Arts Council of Mississippi County's featured artists for the month of April at the Ritz Civic Center, located in Downtown Blytheville.
All of the artwork on display is the result of various world culture projects that were assigned to the students by French teacher Candice Groves and Spanish teacher Lisa White, in an effort to take students beyond learning vocabulary words and grammar rules, helping them gain true insight into the various cultures that can be found in neighboring countries and around the world.
"These are not easy projects. Students who submitted artwork not only had the task of creating an often difficult piece of art, but they also had to submit research on the particular artist or style from which the art originated," Groves said.
Students had about 5-6 weeks to complete their art projects, and all work was done outside of class on their own time.
"These are independent projects that help students discover cultural similarities and differences that broaden their understanding of our world," explained White.
Groves went on to say that most of the students recreated famous drawings or paintings, but that sculptures, yarn work, architecture, and even clothing design is also a part of the display.
"The work I chose to do was 'Ceci n'est pas une pomme' (This is not an apple) by René Magritte," said Jamysha Warren, and 11th-grade French student. "I chose this artwork because he is my favorite artist and the painting seemed very simple to remake. I thought it would be an easy grade, but to mix the right hues and blend the colors together on the canvas was really quite difficult."
The students' reception will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Ritz. For more information, call 870-762-1744. This is a free event, and the public is welcome.