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Eighth Grade Artistic Jean Project

An "Artists Reception" was held on June 12 in the Driver Middle School (DMS) Conference Room to celebrate the creative work of eighth grade students who participated in art teacher Cher Ferrara's "artistic jeans" project. Twenty teachers at DMS had contributed a pair of jeans to the initiative and the reception was held to celebrate the unique student "jean" creations and exchange the finished jeans with the teachers who owned them. Neither group knew whose jeans they had until the reception. The student artists studied a famous artist and made a presentation poster about the artist. Each student artist then redesigned their respective pair of jeans around the style of the chosen artist. The finished products were presented to the teacher who owned the jeans at the artist reception. Among the artists who were represented in the artistic jeans project were Van Gogh, Picasso, Kadinsky, Klee, Chagall, Matisse and Dali.

Mrs. McHugh's Home Economics classes became involved in the project by making four different delicious desserts for the event. Everyone wore the jeans on Friday, June 13. Thanks go out to our eighth grade student artists who did a terrific job with this eye-catching and creative project. Eighth grade student artists are listed below with the teachers whose jeans were recreated in the style of a famous artist:

Grace Bolewski -- Michelle Cappelletti, social studies

Leda Brittenham -- Cher Ferrara, art

Shane Carey -- Lorraine Reynolds, school counselor, grades 4-6

Megan Colle -- Colleen Stack, English

Robert Coon -- Mary Nichols, AIS, grades7-8

Sarah Franceconi -- Diane Hawley, AIS Math, grades 4-6

Angela Gonnella -- Sandy Carey, 5th grade

Heather Hanlon -- Kristin Lockwood, science

Olivia Higgins -- Joe Alberti, physical education

Chad Johnson -- Megan Hart, 5th grade

Gordon Mason -- Kathy Rein, English/AIS, grades 7-8

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