Tapping into Creativity on Arts Day
Tapping into Creativity on Arts Day

Richie Crane, a fourth grader from North Canaan Elementary School, wasn't sure what he was going to create as he cut out tiny cardboard squares for his sculpture.

"I really have no idea how this is going to turn out," he said cheerfully.

That's part of the creative process assured artist Henry Klimowicz, who led a cardboard sculpture workshop during the 24th annual Fourth Grade Arts Day held March 14 at Hotchkiss. "If you don't know where you're going, sometimes you can go somewhere pretty interesting," he said.

Students from the region's six elementary tapped into their creativity by experimenting with various art forms during the event, which featured dance, drumming, sculpture, collage, Ukrainian egg painting, and felting workshops led by professional artists from across the region. The students also enjoyed dance performances by Hip Hop Dimensions and Ginga Brasileira, and watched the Housatonic Musical Theatre Society's perform scenes fromThe King and I.

Fourth Grade Arts Day, sponsored by The Arts Fund for Region One, seeks to nurture creativity and instill a love of art in the region's elementary schoolers by providing them with an opportunity to foster their artist expression.

But with art, beauty is often in the eye of the beholder. Wesley Allyn, from North Canaan Elementary School, took a moment to analyze his cardboard sculpture before describing it. "To me it kinda looks like a rabbit with a tomato on a stick in front of it. Anyway, that's what I see. "