School transformed into student art gallery

The walls and corridors of Windham High School were lined with nearly 3,000 pieces of student art on Monday for the Regional School Unit 14 district’s annual art show.

Every student in kindergarten through eighth grade and every high school student taking an art class this year has a piece in the show, which will be displayed for three weeks.

The art show, which has run for more than a decade, “has grown every year, and every year the quality gets better and better,” said Principal Chris Howell. “The work teachers are able to do with students is impressive.”

The district’s art teachers begin preparing for the show in February, said Howell, and it “takes several days and lots of tape” to display all the work.

Students from Raymond and schools not within walking distance to the high school will be bused to the art show in the next few weeks, according to Christina Warren, an art teacher at Jordan Middle School and Windham Primary School.

The art show “brings the community together,” said Warren, by bringing students, teachers and parents from across the district to one place.

The students dedicate a lot of time and effort into their artwork, Warren said, “and this type of display is what they deserve. We’re very fortunate that we have a lot of support in the school.”

Artistic touch

Katie Skvorak, a Windham High School senior, works Monday on an acrylic painting from a picture she took while on vacation in Florida. The Regional School Unit 14 annual art show opened this week with hundreds of works by students on display at the high school. Sports at the school get a lot of publicity, said Skvorak, a student athlete herself, “and it’s nice to give the arts a chance to show off.” For more, see page 12.

Pop-art style portraits by sixth-grade students at Jordan-Small Middle School in Raymond hang in lobby of Windham High School’s athletic’s wing. Erin Gurney, whose son’s portrait was among the brightly colored pieces, said she “enjoys seeing the diversity of the artwork. As my son gets older, it’s interesting to see how some of the projects he did when he was younger are approached differently the next year.”

Free-form owls by kindergarten students hang outside the high school’s theater lobby.

An array of paintings, sketches and photographs hang in the lobby at Windham High School on Monday.

High school students sculpted and painted the above walking sticks from driftwood. Kim Chasse, art teacher at the high school, “had a dream and vision of doing wood sculpting,” said Principal Chris Howell, and spent the summer collecting driftwood for the project.

From left, Raymond second graders Jasmine Lucas and Roman Naumenko with their copper-based owl sketches. Naumenko said he liked working with copper “because it’s strong.”

Christina Warren, art teacher at Jordan-Small and Windham Primary Schools, stands with her student’s artwork in the high school. Warren said giving the students an open-ended prompt for their art “allows their personalities to come out.”

A variety of student art projects by middle school students hung in the lobby outside the theater.