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By Laura Drinan
Hometown Weekly Reporter
Visitors to Medfield’s Zullo Gallery in the last month walked away impressed by Medfield’s talent. The gallery’s visitors witnessed amazing technique from the students, including the elementary students, who exhibited great use of color and imagination.
Particularly impressed with their own students’ work, Dale Street School hosted an art show in the gymnasium for the community to enjoy on May 8. The show featured the work of every single student at the school.
“The kids work very, very hard all year long,” said Dale Street art teacher Christina Delaney. “It’s so nice to see all of the work displayed, all of their favorite mediums shown, and it’s nice to see the variety. Certain kids gravitate towards certain media, too, so when I pick each piece, I try to pick their piece that’s strongest or in the media they gravitate to.”
Although he particularly enjoys working with clay, fourth grade’s John O’Connell’s evil robot hung on display. He and his peers created drawings of robots based off of the book “Wild Robot” by Peter Brown. The book just so happens to be O’Connell’s favorite, so it was an especially favorable project on which to work and let his creativity loose.
He does, however, hope to be working with clay again soon, and possibly even create a large piece, like a tower, to mix architecture and pottery.
Towards the back of the room was a collection of skeleton drawings. Fifth grader Kieran Kennedy stood with his family, pointing to specific parts of his drawing as he discussed his work.
“I’m especially proud of this one because it actually looks like the skeleton we had in class,” he said. The piece, done on black construction paper and drawn with a white colored pencil, showed the side view of a skeleton with a thought bubble that wondered, “How long do I have to stay like this? It’s boring.”
The drawing also included fantastic detail in the background, and surprisingly, it only took two classes to complete.
Kennedy, possibly interested in becoming a video game designer, is glad that his art classes teach him legitimate techniques. “I like that we actually focus on things that we would be doing if we became artists,” he said.
For fifth grader Panayiota Poulopoulos, art class serves as a creative outlet. The art show featured her ceramic teddy bear, which was glazed with a light brown color with a patch of pink on its tummy. Although she wanted to make a penguin, she decided to flaunt her originality and do something different than her peers.
“I like [art class] because I can just be as creative as I want to be,” she said. As she heads to the middle school next year, she hopes to have the opportunity to take even more creative liberties with her work.
For Dale Street’s fourth and fifth graders, the art show provided a perfect opportunity to strut their stuff.