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Wrightstown Students Featured in Philadelphia Art Museum Exhibit

A dozen sixth-grade students have artwork in the exhibit, called Education In Action: Art and Nature.

A dozen Wrightstown Elementary sixth graders were selected to display artwork in an exhibit currently showing at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The exhibit, called Education In Action: Art and Nature, will be on display through Dec. 16 in the hallway of the museum’s Education Wing. The exhibit showcases students’ artwork inspired by art and nature, according to school officials.

The Wrightstown students with artwork in the exhibit are: Craig Oros, Jaden Schoenfeld, Jessie Liang, Anna Ridkodim, Max Naticchia, Connie Yoon, Lexi Zubler, Mia Tomlinson, Kirstin O'Donnell, Elizabeth Hartley, Akhil Bolisetti,  and Paul Smoot.  

“The students’ drawings are naturalistic, realistic and full of details,” according to a press release from the school. “Some of the natural objects students drew were plants, seashells, twigs, pine cones, dried starfish, ears of Indian corn, flowers and feathers.”

Most drawings are line drawings in black ink, but some were done in colored pencil.

Wrightstown Elementary Art Teacher Suzanne AuBuchon was instrumental in the students' involvement.

Every summer, the Philadelphia Museum of Art offers a professional development course for teachers. This past summer, the theme was art and nature.

AuBuchon took this course, studying artwork and objects from the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes Foundation and the Academy of Natural Sciences.  

Then, the Art Museum’s Education Department invited teachers to submit students’ work from projects done in school that were inspired by the course and the natural world. 

“This exhibit is an amazing opportunity for these students to have artwork displayed in one of the most dynamic art museums in the world,” the release from the school said.

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