Spark the Imagination

By student artist Madelane Renyolds

What sparks your imagination?

The Rockwell Museum presents Spark the Imagination in collaboration with Corning-Painted Post High School art teachers: Wendy Brubaker, Sharron Holland, Birgitt Wolf-Peterson and Megan Wukovitz. This exhibition features works of art created by students enrolled in elective arts courses at Corning-Painted Post High School. Students used their imagination to explore the many facets of how art can tell a story.

Spark the Imagination will be on view in The Rockwell’s Student Gallery from January 13 – April 16, 2023. 

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Students enrolled in elective arts courses at the Corning-Painted Post High School created mixed-media pieces inspired by the artwork in The Rockwell Museum’s collection. They used their imagination to explore the many facets of how art can tell a story. Spark the Imagination is a student exhibition program with Corning-Painted Post high school art teachers; Wendy Brubaker, Sharron Holland, Birgitt Wolf Peterson and Megan Wukovitz. The Rockwell values collaborating with area school districts to cultivate a deeper appreciation and understanding of arts and culture with the youth in our region. By exposing students to the arts and providing an opportunity for students to exhibit their own art at The Rockwell, we aim to inspire and empower the next generation of youth. 

Eight classes comprised of about 175 students visited The Rockwell last fall. Students were prompted to explore the galleries, look closely and examine the diverse works on view. They considered how art reflects and connects to history, culture and our shared human experiences. Students were encouraged to think outside the box to thoughtfully incorporate aspects of artwork in the Museum’s collection into their own unique, expressive ideas.

Students experimented with media, design, color, artistic processes and techniques for their individual creations, each with a unique story sparked by the Museum’s collection. It was important for students to be intentional in their artistic choices. Students were encouraged to question why they were drawn to specific works of art and why they chose to explore certain art-making techniques. By fostering an awareness of their choices, we are continuing to motivate students to understand the meaning behind the creative process and the meaningful choices artists make to convey a message or idea. 

 

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