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March 22, 2005 > Brilliant and Beautiful

Brilliant and Beautiful

by Arathi Satish

Emerging brilliance and beauty, an exhibition of artwork by Fremont Unified School District students is now on display in the District's Education Center. FUSD celebrates the arts in the month of March. The exhibit displays the artwork of Fremont junior and senior high school students.

As one enters the lobby, a colorful display of umbrellas painted in bright colors, hanging from the ceiling, greet the visitors and sets the tone for the rest of the display. Susan Manbeian, art teacher at Hopkins Junior High and coordinator of the event said, "Hopkins Junior High School students create a piece of public art. This year's piece is conceptual rain. Students worked individually or in groups on designing and painting an umbrella. Each umbrella is painted with a theme and color scheme. Although each umbrella is unique, together they create a harmonic whole: "Conceptual Rain." Hopkins art students also study a master artist, write a term paper and copy one of the artist's works or create an original theme in the style of the artist using similar materials. The canvases displayed at the district office are example of their studies.

The next display shows color pencil sketches of animals and birds on a black background by the seventh and eighth grade students of Walters Junior High School. Students have also displayed an attractive set of artworks using the medium of mosaic. They have created flowers, stars, the sun and snake patterns predominantly in silver on a black background. There is also a display of scratch art and a collection of artwork using yarn, string art and fabric.

Mrs. Wilson's seventh grade art class students created robots using foam. "Students for their final, made creative and interesting robots. The students have spent more than two weeks cutting into boxes, painting and adding little details to make their 'robots' the best they can be. Some 'robots' just make us smile and some have specific imaginative actions or behavior traits," she said.

Farther down the hallway, visitors will find a colorful display of vests painted by seventh graders of Thornton Junior High School illustrate the styles of Rene Magritte, Giorgio de Chirico and Van Gough. Also shown are vests with American Indian design and Spanish guitar players. A colorful assortment of a variety of artwork by the students of the same school can also be seen. Rukaiya Attarwala, a seventh grader at Thornton Junior High School pointed out the reason she likes creating artwork, "I choose to do art because I like trying different things. When my art gets difficult, my eagerness to learn different things keeps me going. Art changes the way I see myself."

Thomas Cory's students from American High School have displayed artwork of high quality. The work is very well presented in a very professional manner. Students have used the medium of graphite, tempera and crayon to depict their work.

Irvington High School students brought an extremely beautiful section of ceramic artwork based on the topic "Memory Vessel." It is a very impressive collection. Twelfth grader Garrett Santo deserves special mention for his remarkable work that shows true brilliance and beauty. Striking photographs have been displayed by Irvington student photography.

Mission San Jose High School students contributed an impressive display of photographs. Art teacher Edie Christensen has dedicated the work to the Hal Booth Memorial Foundation for providing grants to the school. The art exhibit displays the concepts of peace, tolerance and acceptance through multicultural understanding.

The wide assortment of artwork using different medium depicts the emerging talent of local students. The exhibit will be on display from March through April and can be viewed in FUSD's Education Center at 4210 Technology Drive, Fremont. For more information, contact Susan Manbeian at (510) 656-3500, extension 38003.

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