Artwork is elementary |

Artwork is elementary

Joanna Hartman
Sierra Sun

Ryan Salm/Sierra SunDolly Lee of the exhibit committee at the North Tahoe Arts Center admires a new exhibit featuring art from Lake Tahoe School.

From crayons and tinfoil to watercolors and acrylics, the current exhibit at North Tahoe Arts in Tahoe City displays an array of mediums.

The 80 or so featured artists are kindergarten through eighth-grade students at Lake Tahoe School in Incline Village. They have been studying key artistic elements over the last six months including shape, texture and form, said art teacher Alison Arcaris-Weiss.

Arcaris-Weiss said the exhibit, as well as the art center, is important for her students because “they realize they have something that not a lot of kids get ” the opportunity to do art in school.”

One group of eighth graders created a project called “The House of Elements.” Using Greek philosophy as inspiration they constructed a sculpture out of garage sale leftovers.

An accompanying sculpture of a boat acts as a commentary about how humanity has gained mastery over nature’s raw materials.

“(In the sculpture) there’s the four elements fighting among each other,” said Megan Lambertti, 13. “The boat, which is made of wood, goes on the water and has a sail and a steam engine. (It) shows how technology is the human (factor) coming in over those elements.”

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Arcaris-Weiss is an artist herself and a 15-year member of North Tahoe Arts. She is in her second year as an art teacher at the Incline elementary/middle school and organized this exhibit.

North Tahoe Arts is a non-profit organization that supports the arts in the North Shore and Truckee communities through exposure, education and participation.