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Bowman celebrates artists

• High school holds festival to celebrate creativity

Posted: May 18, 2008 1:06 a.m.
Updated: July 19, 2008 5:01 a.m.

Seated under canopies on a grassy area next to the school, Bowman High School students, staff, parents and other guests listened as student authors read poems from this year's creative writing anthology, "The Phoenix."

Bowman's artists and poets were in the spotlight Friday during the school's annual Day of the Artist and Poet Festival, which featured an art exhibit and launched the release of "The Phoenix."

Creative writing instructor Mike Mansfield introduced student Allie Arnold by telling the crowd that her poem, "Music is ... ," holds the record for most times read in another class, because people love it so much.

"Music is the center of my existence," Arnold said, reading the first line.

Other poets who shared their works with the crowd included Lindsey Villanueva, a former Bowman graduate and current Bowman English teacher who read a poem she wrote 15 years ago when she was a student there, and Danny Irving, a Bowman graduate who now attends California State university, Northridge.

In addition to the poetry readings, student artworks were on display near the campus quad area. Student creations from throughout the year including watercolors, drum heads, scratch art and paper mache were exhibited.

The paper mache "bottle people" were made from wine bottles covered with newspaper, then painted and embellished to look like a famous literary character.

"The students had to go on the Internet and select a literary character, then they tried to make the bottle look as much like the person as possible," said Bowman art teacher Mary Gaskin.

Some of the characters portrayed were Snoopy, Cookie Monster, the Cat in the Hat and Superman. The students also researched different drum head paintings before creating their own.

"This is a way that artists can actually earn money through their craft," said William S. Hart Union High School District Spokeswoman Pat Willett. "Bands will pay artists to paint designs on their drum heads."

Bowman student Arturo Aragon was accepted into the Otis School of Design in Los Angeles and attended there concurrently while he was at Bowman.

The talented artist had a charcoal drawing on display and guests were also able to browse through his portfolio.


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