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WCHS students explore different cultural celebrations with art project

WCHS students explore different cultural celebrations with art project

Students in Jen Kiko’s Advanced Painting 1 classes are creating artworks inspired by a variety of different cultural celebrations: Diwali, Carnival, Chinese New Year, Ramadán + Eid al-Fitr and Día de los Muertos.

Prior to creating their pieces, students researched each celebration to get a deeper understanding of their significance. Some students, including sophomore Zander Tee, served as a class speaker to help peers learn more about their own celebrations. 

“I talked about my family’s traditions during Chinese New Year and how we celebrate it,” he said. “It’s just a really beautiful celebration that brings the family together.”

For Kiko, the project offers students of diverse backgrounds to see themselves in lessons and provides all students an opportunity to see the beauty in cultures that may be different from their own.

“It makes the world a little smaller, a little easier to bite,” she said.
 

  • Westerville Central High School
  • Westerville City Schools

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