CLINTON — Clinton Central School art students and teachers recently participated in the Olympics of the Visual Arts program hosted by the state Arts Association in Saratoga Springs.
The OVA encourages students to work individually or in groups to solve a series of world related problems from an artistic point of view. They work for months on long-term solutions by pulling together research in areas such as architecture, graphic design, fashion and others.
Students participating in the fashion category were at charge of creating clothing out of only paper products based on their research of plant life. They then had to participate in a one-minute runway performance that included a public speaking narrative.
The architecture group had to convert a 40-foot long, 8-foot wide, and 8-foot tall shipping container into a scale model of an artist studio, and the painting group was at charge of creating a team portrait of themselves 50 years into the future.
After completing the long-term problems, students traveled to Saratoga Springs to compete in solving spontaneous short-term problems. Students attended the all-day event April 4, which is a state-wide competition and celebration of the arts for grades kindergarten through 12.
This year’s event had more than 40 school districts and 900-plus students who competed for top honors in their chosen categories. The Clinton art teachers, Mindy Pavone, Amy Pape, Lynn Hall and Angelo Gaetano, brought 86 artists to this year’s event.
The OVA program is in its 37th year. Clinton Central School has a long-standing tradition of participation. CCS students have attended 36 of the events.
This year Clinton Elementary School pupils placed third in graphics, first in sculpture, first in fashion design and participated in architecture. The middle school placed second in drawing, painting, and architecture. They also placed first in sculpture and second in fashion design. The high school placed third in drawing and finished second for painting and architecture.
They also participated in sculpture, photography and fashion design.