Seventh grade artists at Cedar Rapids Roosevelt Middle School have discovered a unique display opportunity in their neighborhood. By partnering with the Johnson Avenue Hy-Vee, the students have been able to exhibit their works for the greater school community.
“We wanted to give the students at Roosevelt an opportunity to participate in an exhibition and reception like a professional artists do,” explained Cassidy Reinken, Roosevelt Art Specialist. “Collaborating with Hy-Vee allowed us to display the artwork within the Roosevelt neighborhood for our community. Student artwork is normally on display in the hallways of the school. Displaying in a public location is new and exciting for them.”
Students used a combination of colored pencils and markers to create drawings of realistic fruits and vegetables. In the background of their drawing they created an abstract design.
“Fruits and vegetables are filled with bright colors, intricate patterns and varied textures,” Reinken added. “This project helped students view the fresh produce as works of art. They did an excellent job taking their time and paying attention to details of the fruits and vegetables as well as the abstract pattern in the background.”The pieces were displayed in the Hy-Vee produce department.