Artwork from 70 Kirby students hung on display on February 25th for the Santa Cruz Symphony’s Family Concert, The Orchestra Rocks!, at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium.
For the fine art project, design inspiration was taken from Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” and the lyrical, dreamlike paintings of painter Marc Chagall. Surrealist artistic devices–symbolism, juxtaposition, exaggeration, and humor–were considered for expressive effect. Media choices included graphite, color pencil, chalk pastel, watercolor, scratchboard, and linoleum block prints.
For many years, Kirby student artwork has adorned the walls of the Civic Auditorium during this concert. However, what you see is only the tip of the iceberg. Kirby students are making a deep and lasting investment in the Santa Cruz art world as they pursue their passions. One of Kirby’s fine art students dances with the Santa Cruz Ballet Theater, two perform in the selective Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band, and many also feature in the Santa Cruz Youth Symphony.
The artwork above is taken from a piece created by Caroline Miesel who also dances with the SC Ballet Theater.