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Art Animates Greenwich Kids' Dreams

A doll made of cotton, buttons, bright pink fabric and modeling dough doesn't only reveal Devina Morris's creative side. Her art shows she’s got big plans in life.

"The theme was to do something about your dream," she said. "I want to be a doctor and a singer when I grow up, so that is what I made."

Morris, a second grader at New Lebanon School, and her classmates celebrated their artwork this week at the Byram Shubert Library during a reception just for them. “The students are able to appreciate their work and show it off to the community,” art teacher Michelle Sandone said.

Kindergarteners made box collages from scrap wood in the style of Louise Nevelson , an abstract artist who made similar pieces on a larger scale. "We talked about pattern, sculpting and Nevelson," said Sandone. "The students thought she was very interesting. It was a pretty beefy lesson."

The students also got inspiration from American painter Georgia O'Keefe and George Rodrigue , a Cajun artist who grew up in Louisiana. Students in first grade recreated O'Keefe's famous flowers through different, free-flowing shapes and oil pastels. Fourth graders modeled Rodrigue's "Blue Dog" artwork. "It was about creating a pet portrait that had to do with some kind of emotion," said Sandone. "If you look at the artwork, the colors are related more toward emotion than real life."

Fourth grader Ella Morrissey said it was cool to see her artwork hanging up. Joanna Giano drew a picture of herself drawing her picture because, she said, she wants to be an artist. "I like having my artwork up so people could look at it," she said, adding that she hopes to see a famous painting like the “Mona Lisa“ one day.

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