Students give glimpse ‘behind the masks’

Under the guidance of art teacher Laura Meehan, Middle School of Plainville sixth graders have been creating unique self-portraits inspired by the work of African American artist Kehinde Wiley.

The students learned how to draw their own portrait, and work with watercolors. They then created nature-inspired backgrounds that have personal meaning tied to their identity, and families.

“I love hearing the students' stories about why they chose certain elements for their portraits. This has been a wonderful experience for students to learn about each other's personal and cultural backgrounds. It’s also been a great way to see the beautiful faces, behind the masks,” Meehan said.

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