SUMMIT, NJ - Children have a different way of looking at the world and they see things with an innocence that adults don’t have, and this was evident when Overlook Hospital unveiled its second annual Art Show for Summit students at the Medical Arts Center Building on Wednesday Jan. 16.
The drawings and paintings are on display on two floors and are available for the public to see from Jan. 5 to April 12. A formal reception with teachers, parents, students and hospital representatives took place yesterday. A total of 50 students from kindergarten through 12th grade have their art in the show at the hospital.
Michael Fenton has been volunteering with Atlantic Health in the Healing Arts Program for the past four years. A few years ago, they began hanging art in the buildings and it’s been quite successful, he said. The creativity of the kids is amazing, Fenton said.
“Through the eyes of the kids you see things that are different,” he said. “These teachers are doing a good job.”
Elementary school art teacher Jaimie Bass said she is proud of the work her students did and she is quite impressed with their effort as well. All of the kids work revolved around what they were learning. Some of the pieces were about Andy Warhol, color theories, making a color wheel of their hands, a leaf collage and warm and cool colors.
“It’s exciting for them,” Bass said.
One of her students is first grader Matthew, who painted his handprints in different colors. He said he had a lot of fun doing it, especially when he got the paint all over his hands.
Bass’s colleague, Ashley Dias, also teaches at the elementary schools and said narrowing it down to just five pieces of art work from 550 students was a bit of a challenge. Some things her students studied were animals, people in motion and that no one person has a single story, which caused a child to create a multi-color zebra. Her students also learned about analogous colors, which means colors cannot touch each other.
“It was a challenge, but it was a fun challenge,” Dias said.