Rowayton Arts Center

Kids Paint Rowayton

Wish a Wish

ABOUT

For the sixth year, Kids Paint Rowayton continues on, even in the face of a pandemic and the temporary closure of Rowayton Elementary School. The Rowayton Arts Center has once again joined forces with the Rowayton Elementary School Art Department and PTA to continue this wonderful tradition. Children were encouraged to work with any materials they had on hand at home to “Wish a Wish”. The theme encouraged children to wish and hope, even in the face of the stressors such as the pandemic and the sudden change to distance learning. Under the guidance of their art teacher, Amanda Antunes, children in K-5 were invited to create a depiction of their wish. 


Because the community cannot gather together this year in Pinkney Park, the children’s artwork is being displayed here via RAC’s new online gallery. The artwork will also be displayed in RAC’s windows for a short period of time following Memorial Day. Winners were selected this year by local artist, photographer, and RAC Executive Director, Andrea Letters. Gift vouchers for the prize winners have been donated by Jerry’s Artarama and RAC.


A special thanks to Sarah Waters (PTA Learning to Look Chair) and Eunice Roy (RAC Exhibitions Chair) for their help coordinating this event


JUDGE'S COMMENTS

I believe that we are all born artists. As we grow up, other things demand our attention, and some of us lose our connection to this form of self expression. With this year's theme, Wish a Wish, we can see the power art has to help us process, heal and overcome adversity. As parents are struggling with home schooling, kids are struggling even more with a loss of normalcy and social interaction. What they wish for is very simple—a peaceful and safe, COVID-free earth where they can spend time with their friends and dream of their future. Even though I chose prize winners, I felt each and every picture deserved attention, so I have posted my comments below each one. My wish is that these children stay connected to their art and continue in the tradition of the great artists that have come before them by helping us "see" the world around us. 

—Andrea Letters


Sloan Rosenberg

Grade 4

Mrs. Petropoulos


I love your use of color… one of my favorite combinations is this blue and green.

FIRST PRIZE

Emily McAuliffe

If I Could Travel

Grade 5

Mrs. Shipman


Emily, your painting epitomizes the longing I think we all feel right now to be able to go elsewhere. Your sky is very well executed!

Isla Tucker

I Wish to Go to Space

Grade 5

Ms. Baril


Your drawing is nicely balanced and well designed.

HONORABLE MENTION

Zaira Major

Grade 4

Mrs. Kruseski


It is genius how you made your earth a candle as well, so we can all make a wish for it to be perfect.

Amelia Waters

Summer Cake and Fireworks Party with Friends

Kindergarten

Mrs. Cambareri


All I can say is, “Can I be invited, please?” Great layers!

Melani Cano

Grade 4

Ms. Ward


I love the detail in your work, and can tell you really love your friends.

Wylie Graves

Fire Pit

Kindergarten

Mrs. Tsiartsianidis


Aren’t starry nights around the fire pit with family the best?

Gaby Morin

Grade 4

Mrs. Saunders


I love your happy message and use of delicate color.


Juliana Bechervaise

Grade 4

Ms. Ward


Nice repetition of curves, and great color usage!



Bridget Casey

Grade 4 

Mrs. Petropoulos


The trifecta of wishing. Very well done.


HONORABLE MENTION

Casey Blattman

Wishing Coronavirus Away

Grade 4

Mrs. Saunders


I love your COVID-blasting genie. Nice design!

Cameron Ableman

Grade 4

Ms. Ward


Your bright colors make me happy!

Ben Warren

Grade 4

Mrs. Petropoulos


Dreamy use of colors, very nice!

Chloe Rosenberg

Grade 4

Mrs. Saunders


Your earth’s twinkling eyes make me smile! I want to give it a hug!

Bess Wayland

Wishing on a Starry Night

Grade 4

Mrs. Petropoulos


Bess, good job tackling a 3-D work of art. It really gives a sense of how we are so small compared to the universe!

Bess Wayland

Wishing on a Starry Night—alternate view

Grade 4

Mrs. Petropoulos



Matthew Brandt

Grade 5

Ms. Baril


I think we all agree with this! I love your line of people holding hands and your palette. We will be there soon!

Robert Evanchik

Grade 5

Ms. Wax


Great color combination!

Abby Fry

Dreamcatcher Wish

Grade 5

Miss Scicchitano


Beautiful and delicate drawing, and a wish we all share!

HONORABLE MENTION

Felicia Denis

Grade 4

Mrs. Petropoulos


Awesome that you drew this on the street. Makes a BIG statement!

Keira Penn

Grade 4

Mrs. Kruseski


Beautiful use of watercolor. I can feel how much you love your school.




Cira Teran

Grade 5

Ms. Wax


Looking at your drawing is the next best thing to being in Disney World! Very carefully done.


Nico Rolfert

Grade 4

Ms. Ward


Nothing better than dancing bacon and eggs…


Max Snow

Grade 3

Ms. Olson


…I had to put them together, so much fun!

Asha Nangea

Grade 2

Mrs. Malkin


Very good drawing and a great message!



Mary Craft

Shiny Man (made from recycled materials)

Kindergarten

Mrs. Cambareri


Shiny Man is awesome. I love the buttons and paper clip nose!


Vivienne Dunne

Grade 5

Miss Scicchitano


Lovely rainbow! I think your wish will come true soon!


Emely Vasquez 

Norwalk Beach Pier

Kindergarten

Mrs. Tsiartsianidis


Wow, Emely, nice work! Wish I could see this in person to study all the great detail!


THIRD PRIZE

Wylie Graves

Bull Trout

Kindergarten

Mrs. Tsiartsianidis


Wylie, I LOVE this Bull Trout! Great drawing and color. I am sure you are looking forward to going fishing soon.

SECOND PRIZE

Abigail Mitchell

Grade 5

Miss Scicchitano


I know this lady bug is about to crawl on those fingers! A wish will be made, the lady bug will be blown on and will fly away! Lovely drawing, composition and sense of anticipation.


Torsten Witthaut

Grade 4

Ms. Ward


I think the texture you gave the void of space is amazing! I never get tired of looking at it. So intricate!


Maha Elbar

Grade 5

Mrs. Shipman


Good for you, Maha, that you have your eyes on your bright future. I’m sure you will make an awesome doctor!


Ryen Waters

Grade 5

Miss Scicchitano


I had to put these two together as well… 

Phoebe Strickland

Grade 5

Ms. Baril


…I love the repetition of the motif, yet executed with such different energy!


Claire George

I Wish to Travel the World

Grade 5

Mrs. Shipman


Very nice drawing, and good for you knowing all those flags AND your geography!

Charlotte Straden

Grade 5

Mrs. Shipman


Charlotte, you are clearly missing the summer Olympics. We are all sad that they will not be happening this year! Lovely design, drawn with care.


Denisse Axume

Grade 4

Ms. Ward


Ah, Paris in springtime! We can only dream! I love how your trees in the foreground come in from the edges. Nicely framed and drawn.


Laine Ward

Grade 1

Mrs. Strycharz


I can see your genie about to get busy on your three wishes. I hope they all come true!


Tess Ward

Grade 3

Mrs. Telesca


Tess, you have a lot of great wishes, so good thing you have two genie bottles. Nice use of glitter!



David Smith

Wish to Stay Safe

Grade 5

Ms. Wax


David, your drawing makes me feel the isolation we all feel during the pandemic. I love the simplicity of the pencil with hits of yellow.




Brody Bickerton

Grade 5

Mrs. Shipman


Brody, great drawing. Will I see you playing in the U.S. Open ten years from now? Hope you are hard at work practicing!


HONORABLE MENTION

Charles Kopcsay

Grade 2

Mrs. LaRusso


Charles, I feel truly happy when I look at your picture, yet can tell how much you miss being at school with your friends.