Jamestown High School student artwork will be exhibited during the Chautauqua County Humane Society’s Open House this Saturday from 10 to 4 p.m. at the Strunk Road location to showcase the building expansion and renovation project. The public is welcome to attend.
In December, Jamestown High School art teachers, David Mazzone, Stephanie Baker, Kirk Frink and Brandy Fuller, invited the Chautauqua County Humane Society into their classroom to showcase adoptable animals for the students to use as models for their artwork. The students sketched and photographed the animals, which included dogs, cats, and bunnies. From their sketches and photographs, the students created original works of art. Chautauqua County Humane Society brought in 12 different animals over the course of two weeks.
According to Hannah Braun, CCHS community relations coordinator, the goal of the project was two-fold: to showcase adoptable animals to the public in a different light and provide the students with exciting opportunities in art. The project was certainly a hit with the teachers and students.
“Having the animals from the shelter come into our classrooms was a memorable experience for everyone,” said JHS art teacher, Stephanie Baker. “The animals loved the attention; the students loved holding and cuddling the animals. Creating artwork for the Open House gives the students an opportunity to give back to the community. Thank you to the Humane Society for showcasing our students’ talent and hard work.”
JHS art student Kaylah Jones said the experience of having the puppies in her Cartooning class was, “Such a great experience! Our dog was a little sweetheart. Everyone was petting her. I had never done anything like this project of having to create a cartoon of something from real life.”
A special thanks to The Frame & Glass Shoppe on North Main who donated many of the mats to make the student artwork ready for exhibition.
Jamestown High School offers an array of art classes for students to choose from including: Introduction to Art, Studio Art, Advanced Studio, Drawing for JCC credit, Painting, Advanced Placement Art, Cartooning, Digital Photography, Crafts, and Computer Graphics.