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Students Learn Art of Motion

Some people might think that artists must sit still to painstakingly create their masterpieces. But students in Greenwich's Extended School Year program over the summer learned how to incorporate movement into their work.

Senor Javier Gomez, who for taught a class called "Kinesthetic Balance in Art Composition," showed the 15 students and aides how to use particular motions in creating artwork.

"The kids love to move around it's a kinetic piece," said Gomez. "They were asked to gesture before they went up to the paper and paint. ... It was fun. It was a wonderful project that involved all the students and aides."

Each day, the students lined up to mimic motions from an animated action version of a Jackson Pollock painting. Then they used a mop dipped in paint, large brushes and squirt bottles to add layers to their own painting. The result, "The Pollock Tribute Piece," was unveiled Thursday night at the Board of Education's Havemeyer Building.

"I'm very excited because the kids are asking if we're going to be having the program again next summer, and it looks like we will be together again," said Gomez, a Spanish teacher at Greenwich High School. "Art is my passion, and I was lucky to be offered this opportunity in Greenwich."

The painting, introduced by Superintendent Sidney Freund, will be put on permanent display at the Havemeyer Building, located at 290 Greenwich Ave.

The artists of "The Pollock Tribute Piece" were Danielle Altamore, Danielle Annunziata, Catherine Cincotta, Hallie Corba, Michael Curtis, Caroline Feliciano, Rashad Hill, Jason Kornfield, Robert McCarthy, Michael Miller, Zack Montague, Diego Rabellino, Gabriel Rothman, William Stadler and Tara Wighton.

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