Covington Community Comes Together Through Art

From Pre-K to 5th grade, everyone had the opportunity to become involved in an art project outside of Nicole Petschenko’s preschool classroom.

The preschoolers recently engaged in a unit on boxes, investigating geometry, literacy, science, social studies, technology and the arts. Students also created projects with their families and presented them to the class.

As a way to show students how to appreciate the art of others and encourage them to be their own artists, Petschenko used examples of work from artist Piet Mondrian, who used primary colors and rectangles in his abstract paintings. Each student created their own projects resembling Mondrian’s work to develop their spatial awareness and motor skills.

In addition to each student in her class making their own work of art, they started a collaborative hallway mural by painting lines on large pieces of paper for the rest of the school to fill in the squares with paint or other various craft supplies.

“The Covington Collaborative Wall of Art was something that I wanted to create a sense of unity within our school... from the littles to the bigs, art can bring us together and create something beautiful and fun,” Petschenko said.

On Tuesday, February 6, Petschenko’s classroom and hallway were transformed into an art museum for preschool families and Covington classes to see the finished mural and other projects created by the preschoolers. Family involvement events such as this one are great opportunities for students to show off their work and be proud of what they’ve accomplished.

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