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Harrison Fourth Graders Make Art That Screams

HARRISON, N.Y. - Sometimes, pictures can be worth something louder than words. In Harrison, S.J. Preston Elementary School students found a way to make some pictures scream.

Art Teacher Melissa Sgrulletta and Library Media Specialist Thomasine Mastrantoni came together to merge the lessons of art, literacy, technology, history and photography all into one for the school's fourth graders.

"Engaging student interest through exposure to a variety of mediums as expression through art is one of our top instructional goals," Sgrulletta said.

In the creative process, students first had to analyze the famous Norwegian artist Edvard Munch's famous painting, "The Scream." Sgrulletta and Mastrantoni had the students identify and discuss what makes them scream so they could capture the most vivid emotions using digital photography.

"Technology provides artists with a unique menu of creative options and as a result, the integration of the art and technology curricula happens organically," the teachers said.

Next, the students altered their photos using Adobe Photoshop in order to exaggerate and distort the photograph, creating a colorful mess of emotion. By choosing which colors and brush strokes to use in the digital editing process, the students conveyed their emotions to create the most accurate depictions of their "screams."

The artwork from Preston's fourth graders will soon be on display in the Harrison Superintendent's Gallery.

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