Wood County ESC students display art PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 09 May 2013 09:28
Twenty-one middle school and high school students from the Wood County Educational Service Center's LIFE Skills Specially Designed Programming for Low Incidence Populations recently had the opportunity to display their artwork at the Mazza Museum located on the campus of the University of Findlay.
Their work was on display in April.
The Mazza Museum is home to a collection consisting of more than 8,000 pieces of original artwork from children's literature and has the distinction of being the first and largest museum of its kind in the world. The Mazza serves primarily as a teaching museum, educating University of Findlay students, as well as the general public about the beauty of art in children's literature.
As part of its mission to promote literacy and enrich the lives of all people through the art of children's literature, the Mazza offers educational programs for both children and adults. One such program is the Mazza Children's Art Exhibit, in which the museum partners with local teachers to showcase student artwork at the museum for a period of eight weeks. Classes participating in this program study an artist's work and recreate or interpret the artist's style in their own art.
The LIFE Skills classes studied author/illustrator Walter Wick, who is well-known for his photographic illustrations in the "iSpy" book series. He is also the creator of the "Can You See What I See?" book series.
His primary means of illustration is to use photography to create scenes depicting storylines. Led by teacher Mandy Hemming, the students used acrylic paint and melted crayon to recreate illustrations from one of Wick's lesser known books, "A Drop of Water." The science-based book discusses different forms taken by water and is accompanied by photographs including a single snowflake and a dew-covered spider web.
The Mazza experience was an enjoyable one for all involved. When asked of the benefit of such a program, Hemming stated, "Many of our students with disabilities are not able to participate in regular art classes at this point in their education, as art is seen as an elective, not a necessity. It is fun as a teacher to watch your students communicate through their art and receive recognition for their talents."
The highlight of the experience for the students was a visit to the Mazza, in which they were able to see their art hanging on the museum's walls. As Hemming described, "The smiles on their faces were worth all of the hard work."
The Wood County Educational Service Center's LIFE Skills Program serves students with disabilities who require specially designed programming to be successful in school environments
Classes often consist of students from multiple local districts.
The classes participating in the Mazza Children's Art Exhibit are currently housed in the Lake Local School District and include students from Lake, Eastwood, Rossford and Northwood.

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