By ABBY SLANKER
Canfield United Methodist Church Preschool had its fourth annual Art Show, which showcased several pieces from each student in each class, May 16. The fellowship hall of the church was decorated with the preschoolers’ masterpieces and bore a striking resemblance to an art gallery.
The students created the pieces throughout the school year with inspiration coming from subjects the students were studying. Each student displayed four flat pieces, one 3-D piece and the classes also presented a class project.
“All the students’ art is abstract. There is no right or wrong. It is their own creations,” said Carole Bogar, Canfield United Methodist Church Preschool administrator.
The three-year-old class, led by Monica Egolf, exhibited metallic layer art, mirror image prints, sand art worlds and directional art. The metallic layer piece was created over three days - one day for each layer of metallic paint. The sand art worlds resembled the globe and the directional art focused on snow storms. The students’ created their 3-D art with wooden spools, pencils, pipe cleaners and painted cups to build flowers.
The three-year-old class project was a banner showcasing the children’s handprints; it was titled ‘Shaping Our Future.’ Each child cut out a shape and glued it on the banner and put their painted handprint over their shape.
The four-year-old class, led by Ellen Bennett, displayed golf ball paintings in primary colors, marvelous tissue paper mosaics, fingerprint hyacinths and rainbow watercolors. The tissue paper mosaics resembled stain glass windows and the rainbow watercolors focused on ROY G. BIV, the acronym for the sequence of colors commonly described as making up a rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.
The four-year-old class made ‘Tons of Tiny Turtles’ out of cardboard egg cartons for their 3-D art project and created a ‘Fabulous Flower Garden’ with watercolor flowers for their class project.
The five-year-old class, led by Erin Glista, exhibited self-portraits, fireworks, reverse paintings with leaves and circle art. To create the fireworks piece, the students used different size straws and then used a paint brush to add sparkles. The reverse painting with leaves utilized fall leaves which the students painted over, leaving the shape of the leaf on the piece.
The five-year-old class’ 3-D project was sun catchers, which the children made by painting the lid of a plastic container, letting it dry and peeling it off. They then punched a hole in it and put yarn through it to hang them up.
The group project for the class was a lesson in recycling. With help from all preschool families, the class collected 256 gallon milk jugs, which they transformed into a giant igloo. The project became a learning process, as the Mahoning Valley Green Team was invited to visited the school to teach the children about recycling.
The project generated plenty of interest, especially from Derek Gribble of PlasTeak, Inc., in Arkon, who donated a bench made out of exactly 256 recycled gallon milk jugs to the preschool.
“We really appreciate Mr. Gribble’s donation of the recycled milk jug bench. The bench was able to visually show the students how recycled items can be made into useful items again. And it’s a nice addition to our school,” said Bogar.
Additional pieces in the show were created during Mommy Play Day and Daddy Play Day when the students and parents had a chance to create a piece of art together.
As with any art exhibit opening, hors d’oeuvres were served to visitors. Each preschool family donated a dish and the school provided punch.