Hull Public Schools Host Annual District-Wide Art Show

Hull Public Schools
Michael F. Devine, Superintendent
180 Harborview Road
Hull, MA 02045

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Contact: Jessica Sacco
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: [email protected]

Hull Public Schools Host Annual District-Wide Art Show

HULL — After months of hard work, students at Hull Public Schools now have their artwork on display at the third annual art show.

Students in kindergarten through 12th grade created pieces for the show, which are on display until April 22 at the Hull Lifesaving Museum. Community members gathered for opening night on April 3, where Hull PTO and student volunteers, as well as art teachers Emily Pestone, Kate Cicalese, and Amanda Davis displayed hundreds of pieces of artwork from students.

“The Lifesaving Museum is covered in beautiful artwork created by students throughout the district,” Superintendent Michael Devine said. “From paintings, to photos, sculptures to hanging mobiles and self-reflective pieces, there’s a little bit of everything. We encourage our community members to take a stroll through the museum to see what students have been working on all year.”

Every student at the Lillian M. Jacobs Elementary School has a piece of artwork featured in the show. Projects demonstrated the different techniques students learned in class this year, and featured a variety of materials, including painting, ceramics, printmaking, drawing, sewing and weaving.

“Students worked hard and had fun as they each created an impressive piece of artwork,” Pestone said.

At the middle school, students worked on a variety of projects, including yearbook cover designs, wire and tissue paper sculptures, superhero comic book covers, origami mobiles, air dry clay sculptures and digital photography.

Featured artwork from the high school included projects that stemmed from the semester-long Teaching Tolerance Educator Grant Project titled, The Power of My Story. The projects included The Story of My Name self-portrait prints and illustrated poems.

Also, as part of the grant, students viewed the Family Diversity Project’s traveling photo-text exhibit titled, Building Bridges: Portraits of Immigrants and Refugees. They learned about the stories of immigrants who traveled to Massachusetts and responded to each story in the form of abstract paintings and 3D ceramic sculptures.

Special exhibits included work from Hull High School junior Olivia Rys, who featured her custom designed footwear, clothing, paintings, and two-dimensional work. Jill Larsen, a 2017 Hull High School graduate and current MassArt student, displayed her drawings, paintings and wood burning projects. Senior Katie Punchard displayed her work from portfolio art, which included still life, sketch and ink projects.

Additional ceramic mugs and decorative tiles were featured along with origami and work from students in the wood shop classes. Finally, members of Hull High School  participated in a documentary photography project titled  #WHYYOUMATTER.

Students in art classes asked their classmates, teachers and Hull High staff members why they mattered and photographed them holding a sign with their responses. More than 65 photographs of members in the school community were displayed at the show, transforming an entire museum wall with the powerful voices of the community. More about the #WHYYOUMATTER project can be found at: whyyoumatter.org.

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