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Sparta High School Art Students Create Sea Scenes for Shark Tank

Sparta High School art students created panels to decorate the area around the shark tank in the media center Credits: Robin Cutillo

SPARTA, NJ – Last year the media center at Sparta High School was made home to a new salt-water fish tank.  The tank was designed, created and maintained by AP Biology teacher Ken Scognamiglio’s students.

This school year a shark tank was added to the media center.  Scognamiglio asked art teacher Robin Cutillo to have some art work created to enhance the area around the fish tanks.  Cutillo’s Advanced Drawing and Painting class found inspiration in the tanks and created three mural panels.

The students worked on the theme Life Above and Below the Sea.  They started by blocking out the images in pencil on wood paneling, Cutillo explained.  They then completed the pieces using house and acrylic paints.  The effect is a stained-glass style.

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The project took about six weeks to complete according to Cutillo. The high school custodians installed the panels.  The paint supplies were sponsored by the school and staff.

The students involved:

  • Courtney Bachmann,
  • Mallory Collins,
  • Jacqueline Hoffman,
  • Camilla Kwok,
  • Andrew Lopuch,
  • Lauren Mitchell,
  • Brianna Perfetti,
  • Mia Pollock,
  • Bridget Van Voorst.

“The panels are coral reef inspired and are an excellent addition to our coral reef learning center,” Scognamiglio said. “Robin's class did beautiful work.”

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