Each year, students atFishHawkCreekElementary Schoolget to experience what it is like to have a gallery exhibit when their work is displayed at Celebrate The Seasons Art Exhibit. On Thursday, December 15, over 1,000 people came out to see the 900 pieces of Pop Art framed in a gallery style format.


The students, taught by Art Specialist Patricia Bunk, spend months creating beautiful works of art. This year, the students explored Pop Art in the style of Romero Britto, a contemporary, international artist who resides inMiami. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in over 100 countries.


According to Bunk, “Pop Art uses bright, intense hues to create the illusion of shapes popping out. We used patterns and connected this with our grade level vocabulary.” Bunk taught Pop Art using the elements and principles of art. Line shape patterns and contrasting intense colors were taught to various grade levels from First Grade through Fifth Grade. Bunk added, “The impact that this art exhibit has on people will last a lifetime. We are building great memories for our fabulous community, and we are working together to experience awesome art.”


Andy Daley, whose daughter, Mercede is a second grade student at FishHawk Creek Elementary said, “It’s absolutely amazing. This is inspiring and builds self-confidence in the students.” Mercede added, “I like it. I liked drawing and painting.”


In addition to a great art exhibition, attendees were entertained by the Progress Village Jazz Ensemble. There were holiday treats and an Art Detective Game.


Bunk holds a M.Ed in Integrated Art Education. Bunk is a painter whose work has been exhibited at Tampa Museum of Art. Bunk teaches over 740 students at FishHawk Creek every week.


FishHawkCreekElementary Schoolis located at16815 Dorman Rd.in Lithia. You can visit the school’s website at www.fishhawkcreek.mysdhc.org.

Caption: Under the direction of Art Specialist, Patricia Bunk, FishHawk Creek Elementary students created 900 beautiful works of Pop Art which were on display in a gallery setting at the 2011 Celebrate the Seasons Art Exhibit.

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