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ELCS art students combine their work

Elizabethtown-Lewis art teacher Terry Crowningshield directs students working to combine their panels into one piece during a art class work day Dec. 9 at the school.

Elizabethtown-Lewis art teacher Terry Crowningshield directs students working to combine their panels into one piece during a art class work day Dec. 9 at the school. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— A pair of art classes have come together to add a new mural to the walls at Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School.

Students in both of Terry Crowningshield’s advanced art classes spent Monday, Dec. 9, putting together 22 panels, made individually, into a sole landscape to hang in the hallways.

“This was a piece where they started their artwork individually and then came together collectively for the final product,” Crowningshield said. “It is important for the students to have a chance to work together and figure these things out. It lets them learn to collaborate together and work on team-building skills.”

The students were able to use items they found that would have been otherwise discarded at home or at school, making patterns and then painting each panel black.

“We all started with doing whatever we liked, but we needed to make sure each piece would unite with the rest so we decided to paint each piece black,” student Savanah Graves said.

“I liked creating my own piece of art and then figuring out ways to bring everything together into one piece,” Geeg Dedam said. “Having this one day to work together as a team and bring it all together was a very important part of the project.”

“I liked it because we could go out and use our own sculpting and design and then bring it together and see how it would all work as one,” Thea Wescott said.

“I like how it brought the two art classes together and put our work into one united piece,” Will Tomkins said.

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