YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. -- International artist Molly Haslund visited Fox Meadow High School and helped create a new work with the help of students.
Haslund, who is from Denmark, is one of the 60 international artists invited by the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Arts to participate in the Peekskill Project.
Haslund believes that the best way to learn about art is to participate in it, so she brought chalk and giant wooden compasses that she had designed and built in Denmark. Students and staff filled a parking lot with full circles, broken circles, overlapping circles and even a spiral.
At Fox Meadow, one of the first students to participate was someone who is usually quiet. Jeff Playford, a student from Chappaqua, said the exercise made him think about “the different ways people express themselves” and the forms that art can take. He said it was the first time he had seen an art performance. Andrew Lamb of Mamaroneck said “art should be more than one thing,’ adding that the more circles were drawn, the more the work resembled a design.
Mueller said he has “been trying to bring cultural events and guests to campus to give the students an enriching experience. This is really different and interesting. It is something the students wouldn’t normally think about.”
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