Middle school art class seeks inspiration from the high school art show

The annual high school art show is currently taking place in the hallways of MERHS. Art teacher Marion Powers brought her eighth grade class into the hallways to appreciate each class’s artwork and use it to create masterpieces of their own.

Decorating the main hallway of MERHS are artworks from the high school drawing, painting, ceramics, graphic design, digital photography, and printmaking classes. The art show is held every spring. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Decorating the main hallway of MERHS are artworks from the high school drawing, painting, ceramics, graphic design, digital photography, and printmaking classes. The art show is held every spring. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
A group of students from middle school art teacher Marion Powers’s eighth grade class looks at some of the artworks in the hallway. Powers asks her students to find a few pieces of artwork that speak to them. Once they return to her classroom, they create their own artworks inspired by the ones they chose. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
A group of students from middle school art teacher Marion Powers’s eighth grade class looks at some of the artworks in the hallway. Powers asks her students to find a few pieces of artwork that speak to them. Once they return to her classroom, they create their own artworks inspired by the ones they chose. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
While they appreciate each class’s body of work from September to now, eighth grade students in middle school art teacher Marion Powers’s class take notes on what they see. Powers tells her class that “a lot of artists get ideas from other people and places,” and although they’re not copying it, “they’re turning it into their own work of art.” Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
While they appreciate each class’s body of work from September to now, eighth grade students in middle school art teacher Marion Powers’s class take notes on what they see. Powers tells her class that “a lot of artists get ideas from other people and places,” and although they’re not copying it, “they’re turning it into their own work of art.” Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Middle school art teacher Marion Powers’s eighth grade class works on their projects inspired by their chosen pieces from the high school art show. Later this year, Powers will have her high school class visit the middle school art show and ask them to create their own artworks inspired by what they see there. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Middle school art teacher Marion Powers’s eighth grade class works on their projects inspired by their chosen pieces from the high school art show. Later this year, Powers will have her high school class visit the middle school art show and ask them to create their own artworks inspired by what they see there. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
One of middle school art teacher Marion Powers’s eighth grade students was kind enough to show this reporter the artworks she chose for her project. This was the first one, and she chose it because she is interested in the abstract patterns that come together to make up the image of a concrete setting. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
One of middle school art teacher Marion Powers’s eighth grade students was kind enough to show this reporter the artworks she chose for her project. This was the first one, and she chose it because she is interested in the abstract patterns that come together to make up the image of a concrete setting. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The second artwork the above-mentioned student used as an inspiration for her project. She appreciates the brilliant use of color and shape in this image, as well as the artist’s keen understanding of perspective. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The second artwork the above-mentioned student used as an inspiration for her project. She appreciates the brilliant use of color and shape in this image, as well as the artist’s keen understanding of perspective. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

The student works on her masterpiece, using her two chosen pieces of artwork for inspiration. When asked why she gives her students this project, middle school art teacher Marion Power said, “I love seeing them use the work out there as an inspiration to create something new.” Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The student works on her masterpiece, using her two chosen pieces of artwork for inspiration. When asked why she gives her students this project, middle school art teacher Marion Power said, “I love seeing them use the work out there as an inspiration to create something new.” Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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