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Ryan Middle School students find their inner artists

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Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 12:06 am

FAIRBANKS — Ryan Middle School students proudly posted artworks, danced to a disco beat, played jazz and sang in unison and solo Friday at a Fine Arts Friday presentation in the school multipurpose room.

All the art forms presented for friends and families were the results of the various elective classes the seventh and eighth graders have been enrolled in since the beginning of the semester, explained Susan Lucknow, art educator.

Mixed media artworks, about 150 total, produced by students from five art classes included oil pastels, chalk pastels, prints and line drawings.

“The art display was hung by the Art Curator Crew, a group of girls who met for three Wednesdays after school and laid out all the artwork and learned about asthetics,” Lucknow said.

Choir students, led by music instructor Vangi Fisk, entertained the audience with a medley of styles and songs and some solos learned in the year long elective class.

Music students in the jazz band also performed.

A disco dance from the 1970s was energetically executed by dance students studying under Stefanie Boreggio, dance instructor.

“Elective classes play an important role in getting kids to school on a daily basis as well as helping to develop a healthy, well-rounded human being by giving them positive experiences,” Lucknow said.

“They become totally immersed in these classes and the time goes by really fast,” Lucknow said.

“The kids always ask, ‘Why can’t my other classes go by as fast.’”

Contact staff writer Mary Beth Smetzer at 459-7546.

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