Artist Kevin Reece constructs mobile on stage in front of Buford Middle School students.
Some central Virginia students are ready to dive headfirst into the art world. Monday, students at Buford Middle School watched a professional artist create a piece on stage at the Paramount, and now they're getting to try it themselves.
They watched artist Kevin Reece build a 13-foot hanging mobile that reached out into the audience. Now the students will spend the rest of this week getting to construct one of their own.
As Reece took the stage at Charlottesville's Paramount Theater, more than 1,000 students were able to watch art come to life.
"They are just mesmerized by the end, and it's really, really fun to see," said Katherine Davis, marketing director for the Paramount.
The Paramount's education coordinator, Catherine von Storch, says the show is a fantastic supplement to what the students learn in school.
"There's so much time that young people spend in front of a screen, and to see something unfold on the stage that is live, it really can bring to life the traditional core subject matter that you're learning in the classroom," von Storch said.
After the performance, Reece went to Buford, where students are going to have the chance to construct a mobile of their own. The construction of their piece will be completed Friday, and then they will choose a public space to display it.
This is the second year the schools have taken part in this program. You can find one of last year's pieces currently displayed at Charlottesville's Downtown Transit Center.
Reported by Rob Manch
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