PCS Students Draw Honors for Street Art

PCS 5th grader creates a key element of the Lower School's prize-winning depiction of underwater life.

PCS 5th grader Kacey Sisavat creates a key element of the Lower School’s prize-winning depiction of underwater life.

Among stiff competition from individuals and groups across the city, Paul Cuffee students earned high honors during the 14th Annual Providence Rotary Street Painting Festival in September. Artists from the Middle School, instructed by art teacher Amy Weigand, took first place among all entries in its age group. The Lower School, under the direction of art teacher Michelle Carden, placed third for its age group.

Lower School artists created an underwater scene with various elements of the ocean environment. Middle School students drew the four elements—earth, air, wind, and fire—along with the four seasons and the rising and setting of the sun in a work depicting the harmony and interconnectedness of the universe. Upper School students’ rendering of a bee was a dual commentary on the balance of ecosystems and the efficiency of the beehive community.

The festival, which draws hundreds of artists and viewers each year, is organized by the Providence Rotary Club to advance the arts and support the Providence Community. Cuffee squares were generously sponsored by Residential Properties and Mr. and Mrs. David Burnham.

PCS students take first place in the Middle School category for their work.

Yamil Rivas, Ruben Vasquez, Emily Cabreja, and Maryann Sourivong relax after taking first place in the Middle School category for their work representing the harmony of the universe.

Cuffee Upper School artists proudly display their work.

Cuffee Upper School artists and art teacher Kelly Stoos (far right) proudly display their rendering of a bee at work.


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