Art comes alive at F-M elementary school

The life and times of a 20th Century artist were recently translated for Fayetteville-Manlius elementary school students using music, movement and masks.

On March 26, the traveling workshop Picasso People visited Fayetteville Elementary School to engage students in a learning experience about Spanish painter, sculptor, print-maker, ceramicist and stage designer Pablo Picasso, and his work, which comprises more than 50,000 paintings, drawings, engravings, sculptures, and ceramics produced over 80 years.

The program’s single actor, Carlton Van Pyrz uses mime, puppetry, narration, choreography and humor to interpret the energy and inspirations behind some of Picasso’s most famous works, and introduce to students the personal and cultural relationships that shaped the artist’s visual communications.

“The performance was an entertaining and enriching way for students to gain a greater appreciation for Pablo Picasso and his work, and understand connections between visual arts and other disciplines,” Fayetteville Elementary School art teacher Mrs. Julie Gratien said.

The workshop was made possible through funding provided by the Fayetteville Elementary Home School Association and F-M Education Foundation.