Woodcarvers invite young Webster 'sculptors' to join their show | News
Some young sculptors from Webster’s Klem Road South Elementary School have been invited to have their work displayed alongside that of professional wood carvers from the Rochester area.
Each year, the Genesee Valley Woodcarvers host a show at the Rochester Museum and Science Center, and recently Klem South art teacher Mary Beth Vasalos was approached by a member of the group, asking if her students would be interested in displaying their bird sculptures at the April 14 show.
“What a great opportunity for these kids,” Vasalos said enthusiastically.
The students made their sculptures out of clay and finished them with acrylic paints in early March.
The student project, called “Spring Birds,” was designed to help second-grade students understand the difference between two-dimensional and three-dimensional artwork. Students used hand-building techniques and learned about the stages of clay and the concept of form.
“Most of the birds are modeled after real-life birds, but some students ventured out to create their own unique species,” Vasalos said. “The birds also each have their own unique environment for display, created by the artist especially for their bird.”
The students did two-dimensional drawings of their completed sculptures to wrap up the project.
About 30 of the students’ more than 90 sculptures were selected to be displayed at this weekend’s show. They include the works of second-graders Caroline Darling, Tina Herasimchuk, Steven Zielke, Brenna Meagher, Aidan Wood, Adeline Riesenberger, Chloe Hill, Jillian Kraft, Jolee Bermudez, Eli Boothby, Jordyn Zenkel, Stephanie Roeder, Cameron Thompson, Evan Gorthy, Tyler Buss, Liana Samolis, James Bolton, Julia Lemos, Rain Li, Jayson Chichelli, Gracie Spoar, Kenzie Ives and Zach Spang.