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A celebration of the arts

Krystle Wagner • Mar 23, 2018 at 1:00 PM

FERRYSBURG — West Michigan Academy of Arts and Academics students have been working with guests all this week to learn about and experience all forms of art during the charter school’s annual Festival of the Arts.

On Thursday, Nicole Porter worked with academy students to create their own mixed-media project inspired by Monet’s “Water Lillies.”

Porter, who has been involved in art since her teens, said she loves art and working with children. She has also participated in the academy’s Festival of the Arts in previous years.

“It’s great for the kids,” said Porter, whose two children attend the Ferrysburg school.

As second-grader Sophia Sowa worked on her painting, classmate Addi Bretz said they did origami, danced, watched a musician play a ukulele and saw a magician earlier in the week. Bretz said that Festival of the Arts is a week filled with fun activities.

“We can do fun things that include movement, and we can paint,” she said.

Students in Trisha Larsen’s kindergarten class created their own pop art inspired by the work of Andy Warhol. As her classmates washed the paint off their hands, kindergartner Leilah Goodman said she liked the project. Goodman said she also enjoyed the project they completed earlier in the week that involved paint and glitter.

While art is integrated into the school’s curriculum, second-grader Gavin Griffin said he enjoys the special weeklong focus on the arts.

“I like how it’s fun and creative,” he said.

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