North Shore High School Students Collaborate to Create Outdoor Sand Sculpture
Story and Photographs by Shelly Newman
North Shore Schools, Glen Head, NY, October 22 - Advanced high school students in Mrs. Black-Cano's sculpture class recently collaborated to create a unique sand sculpture that is so large; it couldn’t be completed inside the traditional classroom!
Art Teacher Sara Black-Cano said, “My classes worked diligently with local artists, Andy Gertler and Sue Beatrice, to learn the techniques and skills necessary for successful sand sculpting.” Andy and Sue run classes in the art of Sand-Sculpting right here in Sea Cliff called Sandcastle U”. She continued, “This exciting project enabled my sculpture students to collaborate in a creative art-making experience that involved problem-solving, and teamwork”. Our dedicated 10th -12th graders worked outside for numerous hours creating the impermanent installation. They manipulated the sand and sculpted intricate pieces including a haunted house (the centerpiece of the design) with surrounding pumpkins, cats, zombies and gravestones that successfully depicted our elaborate Fall theme.”
The outdoor sandbox was funded through a grant by the Arts Angels and was built on the North Shore High School campus by students in technology classes under the direction of Technology Teacher Mr. Bruce Fichtman.
According to Mrs. Black-Cano, “This installation will remain on display until forces of nature knock it down. At that time it will be built back up into something completely new and different than you see now, and it’s up to the students to decide what that will be…”
Photo Caption: Article by Shelly Newman with assistance from North Shore Art Teacher Mrs. Sara Black-Cano, Photos by Sara Black-Cano and Shelly Newman
Pictured is the outdoor sand sculpture by advanced high school students at North Shore High school in Mrs. Black-Cano's sculpture class She said, “This exciting project enabled my sculpture students to collaborate in a creative art-making experience that involved problem-solving, and teamwork.”