Taylor Anne Barry, 12, PMS
My Together We Rise artwork is inspired by the fond memories I have with my family at Greeley Park. For instance, my sister and I called it Woo-Hoo Park because whenever we went to the playground we would hear birds calling ‘woo-hoo, woo-hoo’. As you can imagine this piece of artwork means much to me. I created it by using a pencil to make the people, structures, trees, and cars. Then I colored in the shapes and traced each one with a fine tip Sharpie. Nest I painted in the large spaces with watercolor. On the outside I used a stamp to help the viewer envision not only the park but, the woods surrounding it. To do this, I carved out a piece of Styrofoam and pressed it on to a magazine. Then I coated it in purple paint with a brayer. I used purple paint because it’s bold and would make the other colors stand out. At the same time, it tied in with the already purple figures. I pressed the stamp down on the paper for then seconds and released, surrounding my artwork and symbolism with an abstract pattern. The symbolism is the willow tree. It represents the many different ‘branches’ of cultures in Nashua. Yet, all of the branches are held by one sturdy trunk, sharing the message “we are together, we are Nashua”.
Bella O’Halloran, 13, FMS
“I drew things about me. Things that would describe me. The circle in the middle is to show that it’s an album, because I love music and couldn’t live without it. Vans because it’s my favorite brand and shows you kind of how I dress. My dog Soldier, who I love so much. A lightning bolt, because my dad always told me that I was fast, I play soccer so that’s why. The shapes because I love the 1980’s-1990’s vibes. The skateboards next to the skull, because I skate! And the ‘XO’ behind the fire is The Weeknd’s symbol. He is my favorite musical artist besides Swealee.”
Emily Kaylee Rose Taylor, 13, PMS
For my “Together We Rise” project, I wanted to show that no matter what color you are, what language you speak, what style your hair is, or the clothes you may wear, together we are one. And that is why I chose the one girl, to not just represent unity, but also bravery, and trust. While I was brainstorming ideas, I ran into a thought. The thought that it is almost impossible to show every type of person in one picture. So I decided, why not show it in one person? Together We Rise as a neighborhood, a school, an area code, a city, a county, state, region, and country, but most of all we rise as an Earth. In my illustration, I use watercolor, markers, colored pencil, crayon and stamp art, which if you think about it, also represents unification. My goal is to show in every way possible that we are one, so I had also used splatter marks from the watercolor to show that we are all different and yet the same. When someone looks at my artwork, I want them to look ‘behind the artwork’ to see the true meaning, for them to soak it in. I want them to know that you are beautiful, unique, one of a kind, and if it wasn’t for you, we wouldn’t have this project ‘today’ to show that we are all one. That is what I want people to know and feel when they look at my artwork.
Ekta Patel, 13, EMS
My art piece shows my background, culture and religion as a whole. The girl in the bottom corner represents me an Indian American. She is wearing a traditional Indian outfit called a Sari. The dot on her forehead is called a “Dindi.” It is worn because Hindus believe that it retains the energy of the body. The mandala in the top corner contrasts the color on the Sari. The meaning of the Mandela is to offer balancing visual elements that symbolize unity and harmony. Around it is the word “Faith” in different languages. This symbolizes that different beliefs that different cultures have. Last but not least the two countries, India and the U.S. show where I’m from. My parents came from India at the age of 19 and had to adapt to a new country, so apart of India is always with me. I was born in the U.S, so I naturally adapted with the environment. This piece as a whole shows the two different parts of me (Indian and American) and represents my beliefs and my values.
Wenxi (Lucy) Huang, 12, EMS
“In my art, I decided to make it into 2 different times of day. Morning & Night! A detail that I love with my painting is how the whole painting looks alive, and of course kinda like a neighborhood. One of my buildings got dog pooped on the roof, so I decided to paint it and blend in the original color (orange)! Another one detail that I love is the cloud blowing on the building and I just love how the cloud scared the moon away and the sun just took a peek of what is happening! I really hope this painting will gave you a smile in your face when you look at it”
Sixth to Eighth Grade
Sy and Janet Mahfuz