Submitted by haleyl on Tue, 06/28/2016 - 12:10
Mondri-Wolf by Ximena Gonzales, 3rd grade, 18"x24" (from a study on the work of Piet Mondrian.)
Mondri-Wolf by Ximena Gonzales, 3rd grade, 18"x24" (from a study on the work of Piet Mondrian.)

Have you ever walked through the halls of HMK and wondered about some of the amazing art that hangs on the walls? The halls and walls at HMK Elementary are curated with over 100 pieces of student art that are matted, framed, and permanently installed.

The Red Rock Art Collection was started at Red Rock Elementary by Art Coach Bruce Hucko during his first year with the Beverly Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program. It was created as a way to identify exemplary student work and to build a legacy of art for the school. Hucko said he is sure that it is the only school curated student art collection in the state of Utah. If not the entire western part of the United States.

 

Wonderful Canyon by Braelyn Scow, 3rd grade, 18"x24". (From our annual "Look Where We Live" plein air art project, where third and fourth graders go to Island in the Sky or Arches National Park as part of an integrated art/language/social studies/geography project that is funded by Friends of Arches and Canyonlands.)
Wonderful Canyon by Braelyn Scow, 3rd grade, 18"x24". (From our annual "Look Where We Live" plein air art project, where third and fourth graders go to Island in the Sky or Arches National Park as part of an integrated art/language/social studies/geography project that is funded by Friends of Arches and Canyonlands.)

"The idea is pretty simple," said Art Coach. "At the end of every year, the HMK Art Committee selects ten to twenty pieces of work that best reflect art projects completed at all grades. We secure permission from the young artist and their parents to collect the work, give the artist an honorarium of $35 and then purchase the materials to matte and frame. I make an artist portrait and write a little text about the project that is mounted with the art."

The HMK Arts Committee raises funds for this from the annual HMK Arts Extravaganza art auction held in the spring. "We also ask for sponsors," stated Art Coach. "And we've had tremendous response from the community." Sponsors donated $100 from which the student honorarium and materials are paid. Art Coach donates his time to produce the text panels, cut the mattes, and frame and install the work.

"I feel like HMK is a living museum of current and past student artwork," HMK Principal Taryn Kay said. "The artwork that is on display, whether part of the permanent display or part of the constantly changing displays throughout the school, brightens the hallways at HMK. As a result, I am certain that it brightens the lives of all those who walk these halls."

Color Collage by Leylia Stiles, 4th grade, 18"x24". (From a project called Paint Painterly Please- where students are instructed then challenged to mix their paint on the paper, lay paint down in stroke, and to mimic the work of Matisse, Andre Derain, and others.)
Color Collage by Leylia Stiles, 4th grade, 18"x24". (From a project called Paint Painterly Please- where students are instructed then challenged to mix their paint on the paper, lay paint down in stroke, and to mimic the work of Matisse, Andre Derain, and others.)

Art Coach recently started a second art program called ARTdream. It all began when Hucko overheard sixth grade student, Madison Alvey, quip, "I could do this all day," as she was painting a small work in the style of famed "drip" painter Jackson Pollock.

"Madison showed an obvious interest in her work, and I said to myself, 'I think we can find a way for her to do this all day...once,'" Art Coach said.

Thus was born ARTdream, and Madison was the first ARTdreamer. Just before Thanksgiving, she completed a 5'x7' canvas painting in Pollock style. It took five hours, seven gallons of paint, and one very focused young lady. The work now hangs at her home.

ARTdreamers are selected at random from the sixth grade as a means for some students to extend their art skills before they leave HMK.

The second ARTdreamer for the year was Lily McClish. Lily draws every day. Though she's always enjoyed drawing horses, this spring, she developed a great interest in manga or anime. Though very competent at drawing, she stated that she'd like to paint one of these figures.

For her ARTdream, Lily was offered the chance to paint three 18"x24" canvases in acrylic. She received some initial instruction from Art Coach, and then set out to realize her dream. This was the first year for ARTdream, but it won't be the last. The program is funded, in part, by Back of Beyond Books. We can't wait to see who our ARTdreamers will be next year.

Lily McClish with her ARTdream project.
Lily McClish with her ARTdream project.