Holley third-graders help create new mural of waterfalls
HOLLEY – The cafeteria at Holley Elementary School was the scene of the unveiling of a very special work of art Wednesday evening.
Local artist Stacey Kirby unveiled a mural of the “Biome at Holley Falls” which she painted in conjunction with students in Karen Quaranto’s third grade class.
The mural depicts the waterfalls with the colors of changing autumn foliage in the background. In the foreground at the bottom of the painting, are leaves scattered in a grassy area. The leaves were drawn by the students during a visit to the park earlier in June and incorporated into the painting by Kirby.
Quaranto says the project was funded by a grant from GO ART! – the Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council.
“The mural project integrated science and social studies,” she said, as well as including art.
In addition to the mural, Laurence Dabney, a former Holley art teacher, helped students to create four dioramas of different biomes – the ocean, the arctic, the rainforest and the desert.
The mural helped students to learn about and experience their own local biome, Quaranto said. A biome is defined as a distinct ecological community of plants and animals living together.
“The kids loved it,” she said of the project.
The project included observational drawing by students at the falls with Kirby, an Albion native. She also visited third-graders at the school to demonstrate her painting techniques and how observation plays a key role in painting realistically.
Kirby says she enjoys working with the students and seeing how they react to the process as well as what facets interest them.
The mural will now hang in the third grade hallway for all to enjoy.