High art

Waterloo High School art students created colorful ceiling panels for a school hallway. Above, they listen as teacher Sarah Carey critiques their work Friday afternoon.

WATERLOO — The ceiling tiles at Waterloo High School are, well, boring ... except in the school’s art and technology wing, that is.

Students in teacher Sarah Carey’s art class have taken some of those tiles down, flipped them over and painted their versions of some of the works of the world’s greatest painters. Last week, they put the painted tiles back up.

Looking up is boring no more.

Carey said she’s been asking school officials for permission to do the project for years. She finally got the OK from Principal Jeramy Clingerman and Buildings and Grounds Director Jeffrey Mochan.

Carey had students study paintings from the Fauvist, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist periods. They picked a work of art from one of the artists from those eras: Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, VanGogh, Matisse and Grant Wood, among others.

“They could put their own colors and minor variations into their reproductions of those paintings,” Carey said.

The finished works are on display in the hallway outside the art and technology rooms. They will be taken down and shown at the school’s annual Silver Punch Bowl Art Show in early June, then go back up, permanently. More will be added each year.

“The kids did a great job,” Carey said. “This is the first time we’ve done this, and I’m hoping we can keep adding ceiling art throughout the school, with paintings having themes connected to the curriculum areas where those hallways are, such as science, English and math.”

Felicia Showers, a senior, did not want to do ceiling art at first; she had another independent project in mind. Carey won that argument.

“I love the way it turned out,” Showers admitted. “I chose a Fauvinistic painting and changed out the colors to more vivid ones that I liked.”

Sophomore Brie DeMay chose a garden scene. She removed a building that was in the background of the original, incorporated more blue into the painting and added flower pots.

“I think it came out great,” she said. “I’m proud of it.”

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