An evening celebrating the positive impact art has on our world

Published in the April 1, 2016 edition.

WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Public Schools Visual Arts Department and the Arts Collaborative of Wakefield will host Visual Arts Night from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, at the Americal Civic Center.

This display will showcase the creative process from artists ages 5 through 65.

Wakefield is a community that is rich in its appreciation and support for the Arts and Thursday night is your opportunity to come and check it out.

The Americal Civic Center Drill Hall will showcase the artwork of Wakefield’s students in grades 1-12 with approximately 50 high school students demonstrating drawing, painting, working on the potter’s wheel, creating computer graphics and using video cameras.

The Americal Civic Center Heritage Room will feature the Arts Collaborative of Wakefield Spring Art Show and Sale. ACW members have shown and sold their work here in Wakefield and all over New England, it’s a great opportunity to meet and speak with the artists about their work. The ACW will host a closing reception on Friday April 8 from 6-9 p.m.

Art teachers will be on hand to discuss their students’ work including Meghan Pierre and Amy Drago from the elementary schools, Emily Sevigny and Ann Whelan from Galvin and Jonathan Berecz, Chris Constantine, Meg McKenna, Morgan Sharkey and Joy Schilling from WHS.

Arts Night offers the opportunity for Wakefield student artists who have been working on special projects during the school year to display their creative talents. These students are pleased to show off their hard work, display their talent and entertain you with their creativity and originality.

High school students will be working on Art and Television productions throughout the evening. You will see students using the latest computer technology to produce art and graphic designs. You will also have a chance to be in a video production. Students will be working in clay making ceramic works by hand and on the potter’s wheels. There will be painting and drawing demonstrations, film and digital photography work and sculpture.

Ceramics students, taught by Meg McKenna, will be working on the wheels showing the process of turning a lump of clay into a beautiful work of art. There will be both hand built and wheel thrown pieces as part of their displays.

Joy Schilling’s Art 2 students will have a wide variety of projects on display including copper tooling, paper maché masks and cut paper designs. Students worked with positive and negative space to create Notan designs. These designs equally emphasize both the shape and its background using an exercise known as expansion of the square.

Come to Arts Night on April 7; check out the artwork and ask questions about the pottery being made, the drawing, painting and the video production. Thursday night promises to be an informative and amazing event. Hope to see you there.