"This is not just about making stuff," whispered Mercedes Arensberg
, the program leader's voice nearly drowned out with the sound of a pencil sharpener.
...Arensberg, a Westport artist, runs the program for students in kindergarten through eighth grade on a rotating basis.
told the class to squint their eyes and see if the painting, which uses color rather than shade to denote depth, doesn't seem to become three-dimensional.
The class broke out into a chorus of "ewww's" and giggles when Arensberg
suggested "Bones," a painting of a woman from the shoulders up, might be dressed in a bra.
"Anything else about that painter that attracts your attention.Is she
happy or sad?"Arensberg
said it's important for students to be exposed to artists from all over the world, as well as their community, and to have opportunities to be artists themselves.
Art can look funny and still be good, she
told the class as the youngsters worked on their creations.
"At the end of the day, it's about expressing ourselves," she
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