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Kissel Hill Elementary Brings in Local Artists for Fine Arts Day

Kissel Hill Elementary Brings in Local Artists for Fine Arts Day


This year Kissel Hill Elementary held their much anticipated ‘Fine Arts Day’.  This is the time of year when all grades throughout the school take a full day and learn about different aspects of the fine arts.  


The day started off with a performance from the well-known violinist, Michael Jamanis.  Jamanis has quite the impressive background, especially since he was trained and received his Bachelor of Music at the prestigious Juilliard School.  Jamanis also received his master's degree from Yale.  He wowed the students with his rendition of “Ferdinand the Bull.”  


Students at Kissel Hill listen to a violist play.


After that, the students broke out into various sessions.  They got a more in-depth look at other arts, like sculpture, dance, painting, graphic art, metalwork, and storytelling.  


“Fine Arts Day is always one of our students’ favorite days of the year. At Warwick we believe in inspiring creativity by providing authentic experiences where art forms are used as a livelihood and a way of providing powerful experiences for others,” said Dr. Berardi, principal at Kissel Hill Elementary.  


Local storyteller, Rita Clarke presented a variety of live stories to each of the grades.  


Storyteller Rita Clarke presents to the kids

Students got another look at live music with Leo DiSanto as he showed students how to use an authentic theremin and acoustic guitar.  


Warwick’s own, Melanie Hollingsworth, displayed her original artwork of airbrushed animal portraits. She gave students a detailed look at how to use airbrush tools, the steps to drawing and then painting them.  


Melanie Hollingsworth paints an animal.


Kissel Hill students learned about the various styles of Indian Dance, from Ramya Avaala. Rounding out the rest of the day were presentations by Megan Nelson, who showcased her sculpture work.  Fred Eberly displayed different pieces of metalwork and Josh Hamer taught students about graphic art.  


Fine Arts Day was developed, and led, by the following Kissel Hill teachers, Mrs. Stork, Mr. Fulginiti, and Mrs. Brill.