This collection of paintings done by Chatfield High School art students will be on display during the spring art exhibit.  GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/CHATFIELD NEWS
This collection of paintings done by Chatfield High School art students will be on display during the spring art exhibit. GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/CHATFIELD NEWS
Ah, springtime...

When students get visual and exhibit their media.

The Chatfield art students are currently preparing for the annual Spring Visual Art Exhibit, which will take place on Sunday, May 4, at the high school.

Art instructor Kelly Puent and her students are creating a show that will highlight the quality and creativity of the visual artwork created by Chatfield's seventh through 12th grade students.

"It lets family, friends and community members learn about students' experiences in art courses at our school," Puent added. "It highlights the success of the students and allows the students and community to see the creative accomplishments of others."

Puent also explained the show will feature a variety of media from pencil, colored pencil, marker, watercolor paint, acrylic paint, printmaking, clay work, weaving and more.

"The Explore Art class has been working on acrylic paintings of objects with reflective surfaces," she added. "The Digital Design class is working digital reproductions of master artworks using the Sketchbook Pro software. Seventh grade has been painting watercolor sunsets, and the eighth grade is working on art nouveau-inspired acrylic paintings."

Puent elaborated that students feel very complimented by having their work chosen for the exhibit, and the artwork is judged in several middle school and high school categories, but also by individuals who have art degrees or art backgrounds.

"This is a great way to showcase the accomplishments that students have been making throughout the school year in their art classes," she continued. "It showcases their efforts, their creativity and their problem-solving abilities, along with the types of art and subjects that interest them. Parents, friends and family have often attended this exhibit in support of their children."

Puent invited the public to enjoy a tour of the exhibit on Sunday, May 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the high school multipurpose room - room 303 - for free, and also to do something to support the art program financially.

"While this event is not meant as a sale of student artwork, and its main purpose is to show student work, there will be a booth available for the sale of the state football championship poster prints that were designed by local art artist Joe Chase," she concluded. "The sales of the prints benefit art club, the speech team and extra-curricular drama."

For more information on the Chatfield High School spring art exhibit, contact Kelly Puent at kpuent@chatfield.k12.mn.us