The “Young Art” program, now in its 85th year, is a biennial student art exhibition. This year’s theme was inspired by “The Art of Music,” the last of the museum's 2015 exhibitions. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek
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Young artists put visions to music

REGION — Three works of art created by students from Carmel Del Mar Elementary School are featured in the San Diego Museum of Art’s “Young Art 2015: Visualizing Music” exhibition.

Paula Intravaia’s fourth-grade class collaborated to make a multi-disciplinary, stop-motion animation video in December for the “Imagine” project for UNICEF’s commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Her 28 students studied the lyrics of John Lennon’s song “Imagine” and then developed a story line titled “Imaginanimation,” Intravaia said.

“When the theme for ‘Young Art’ came out we went with that momentum and submitted Scene 1 from the video,” she said.

“An owl sees destruction on Earth caused by humans and dies flying over a battle and makes people realize what they had done wrong,” Yulee Kang, one of her students, wrote to describe her classmates’ piece. “This connects to visualizing music because the song ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon is about his dream for people to have freedom and live in peace.”

Also on display is “Circle” by Lukas Faranacci, a fourth-grade student in David Skinner’s class.

“When I listen to rock music, it makes my mind go crazy,” he wrote to describe his artwork.

Also featured is “Festival of Music of Balboa Park” by second-grader Katherine Lin, whose work was submitted by her Balboa Park art teacher.

Coincidentally, Katherine was one of Intravaia’s students a few years ago when she taught kindergarten.

The “Young Art” program, now in its 85th year, is a biennial student art exhibition. This year’s theme was inspired by “The Art of Music,” the last of the museu’’s 2015 exhibitions.

Young Art 2015: Visualizing Music” features artwork by San Diego County students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The pieces will be on display through May 26.

Intravaia began submitting student artwork for the exhibition when she started at Carmel Del Mar as an art teacher. This is the first time Skinner entered work by his students. Teachers can submit up to 10 pieces.

Intravaia said the stop-motion animation video, which ends with the owl transforming into a dove of peace, includes some insightful symbolism.

“One of my students said it connected well with John Lennon because he was peaceful but he died in a violent way, just like the owl,” she said. “It helped me not take for granted how meaningful and profound the students can be.”

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