Ten-year-old Jason Gegorek, a fifth-grade student at Park ElementarySchool, painted a bridge over water -- his own personal seascape.
William Hare, Jason's classmate, decided to begin his own haystack series. So William, 10, painted -- what else -- a haystack.
Seascapes and haystacks. Landscapes and water lilies. All are items French impressionist Claude Monet featured in his paintings. And all are items budding young artists at Park Elementary have tried to imitate in their works.
The students will have a chance to show offbeginning today, as Park Elementary presents it own "Monet" exhibit.The exhibit, which will include paintings created with Monet in mind, will run through Feb. 28.
Forty Park students became involved with Monet after they, and one family member, traveled to the BaltimoreMuseum of Art's Monet exhibition Jan. 11.
The exhibit, which was seen by almost a quarter of a million people, enabled students and parents to get a first-hand look at the works of one of the world's most renowned artists.
"We knew the Monet exhibit was in town, and wewanted our students to have this opportunity," said Cherryl Sage, art coordinator for Park Elementary. "We wanted to start a conversationabout art in the community.
"We asked 'How do you talk about art?' We wanted our students and parents to know art is not only for the rich or snobby. It's truly for everyone."
The school obtained a $1,200 grant from the Maryland Council for the Humanities. The grant money paid for transportation to the museum, a calendar of Monet's works for each of the students and breakfast.
"It was amazing," Sage said. "They were asking questions, stopping the (audio and video) tapeand rewinding it.
"I had parents say they'd never been to the museum, and wouldn't have gone, but they really enjoyed it."
The students and their parents toured the Monet exhibit for four hours. Sage said the biggest complaint she heard was that they hadn't spent enough time at the museum.
Barbara Przybyszewski, who teaches art, saidshe has seen a difference in her students' painting styles since they saw Monet's works.
"They used to paint everything in solid colors, solid blues," Przybyszewski said. "Now they're us ing more brush strokes, more colors in their works."
Palmer Bryant, 11, said the colors Monet used in his paintings is one of the things he liked most.
However, both Jason and Palmer agreed that Monet's paintings had another "neat" feature.
"I think it's neat how the paintings look like they're moving when they're really standing still," Jason said.