Collage Artist Venerus Visits Third Grade Classes

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Noted collage artist and St. Anne’s-Belfield School parent Barbara Venerus visited third grade classes this week to discuss the art form with students.

“For me, collage is like painting with paper,” said Venerus, mother of fourth grade student Ben and fifth grade student Jack.

“I think commissions are my favorite because they make me think of things I wouldn’t normally include… ideas I wouldn’t normally come up with…” she told Mr. Raffinan’s class, as they discussed the materials used to create her 7’ x 7’ collage of the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital logo. The piece is now displayed near the elevators of the Battle Building.

After the discussion, Venerus shared boxes of paper with students so that they could create their own collages. With the help of art teacher Mr. John Russell, they assumed the roles of art detectives to determine which pieces of paper would provide the best colors and textures for their ideas, and how to layer them to the best effect.

Some of the resulting collages will likely be displayed in the annual All-School Art Show in the spring. For more information on collage, view Mr. Russell’s video Collage: History and New Experiments.

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