Warren Area High School seniors held their annual Art Show in the WAHS courtyard last Friday.
Not only were complete art works in various formats displayed, seniors worked on a dragon sculpture, planned, designed and shaped with the assistance of Kathe Umlauf, artist-in-residence.
In addition to art talent, the project used math, reading, and technology to produce first a small dragon, then scale it to one about nine feet tall.
Times Observer photo by Rob Andersen
Warren Area High School student Amanda Wacaski sprays water on the concrete base of a dragon sculpture to keep it from curing too fast.
Umlauf said using an interdisciplinary approach "got the students engaged through project research, dragon mythology, and they learned a lot in developing a theme for the art."
They began working on the dragon sculpture in April, and it should be finished in a few weeks.
Every county in Pennsylvania is provided with funding for artist residency programs, where professional teaching artists work with local art teachers. WAHS art teachers Barb Kersey and Joie Hendricks wanted experience for themselves and their students in sculpting on a large scale, and Umlauf fit the bill.
Kersey said, "We are really fortunate to get some funding through ArtsErie." ArtsErie implements and oversees the Arts in Education Program in 11 northwestern Pennsylvania counties, including Warren.
Holly Nowack, Arts in Education director for ArtsErie, spoke of the project at WAHS saying, "We had some money we needed to spend in Warren County" and this was the perfect project.
Kersey thanked the WAHS Student Council, the Warren Art League, ArtsErie and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for their collaboration in securing the funding.