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Glowing Reviews for Lower School Art Installation
Glowing Reviews for Lower School Art Installation

There was a wild rumpus of sorts this week in the Lower School, as the drama room was transformed into the pages of a story book.

"This is so cool!" proclaimed a 5th grader, who stopped by to check out the black light gallery that brought to life the children's favorite, Where the Wild Things Are, by author and illustrator Maurice Sendak.

Under the direction of art teacher Meghan Cangi-Mammele, PreK and Kindergarten students designed and decorated leaves, waves, stars, creatures, and other important details of the book. The art installation followed the main character, Max, during his nighttime adventure sailing to an island where he encounters the "Wild Things."

"It's like being inside the story book," said PreK teacher Nancy Reinhard, Hon. "Where is Max?"

"I like the lights. They really glow. Scary stuff!" shared Carter. "We liked making the leaves and the trees."

"I always thought it was a fun idea with a wow factor," explained Ms. Cangi-Mammele. "I had my first class of artists, and we read and sketched and then the light bulb went off for me. This was going to be a glow in the dark gallery of Where the Wild Things Are."

"It all lights up even though it's really glowing," observed Les.

PreK students wore their handmade, Max-like crowns, as they walked through the fluorescent gallery.

"It's like being wild," said Ella.

All of the art work was painted in neon colors. Lower School Technology Coach Christian Cloud helped set up a black light. "We drew, cut, painted, and talked about line and shape and why those elements are important in art," said Ms. Cangi-Mammele. "I installed it Tuesday after school, and when I turned the lights out and black lights on, it was everything I had imagined!"

As students sailed through the room, admiring their work, they noticed Max's "supper waiting for him, and it was still hot."

"We specifically set out to make Wild Things, to discuss the fact that Mr. Sendak was both the author and illustrator, and why Max's dinner was still hot when he returned," said Ms. Cangi-Mammele. "My smallest artist had the answer, 'by using his imagination.' "