Jan. 12, 2018

It often takes years for artists to get the chance to showcase their works in an exhibit — and some never get the opportunity. But for a group of second-grade students at Ernie Pyle School 90, it only took eight weeks and a phone call.

Ernie Pyle Exhibit

Since Jan. 5, 12 colorful works of art from students in Tosca Carranza’s art class at Ernie Pyle have been on display inside the Indianapolis Artsgarden. The exhibit ends Jan. 25.

Their art features Indianapolis landmarks. The watercolors on display were selected by Carranza. “I chose the artworks that showed good completion and a love for the topic,” she said.

Most of the monuments are the same, but there are some variations. Some of the monuments include the Soldiers and Sailor’s Monument at the circle, the State Capitol Building, the Robert Indiana Love sculpture at Newfields (formerly the Indianapolis Museum of Art), and the James Whitcomb Riley monument at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Carranza also gave them the option to add either Union Station or the Artsgarden’s glass structure, with the downtown skyscrapers.

“Students were very eager to allow their artwork to be on display at the Artsgarden for everyone to see,” said Carranza.

“I am happy my picture is at the Artsgarden,” said Danna C., 8.

“I feel proud of myself,” said Marsella S., 7.

Joy D., 8, used 3D letters to create the LOVE sculpture portion of her artwork.  “I also used paint, pencil and crayon.”

Joy said creating her work of art wasn’t easy, especially the Soldiers and Sailor’s monument. “It took a lot of effort, but I feel wonderful, glad and happy that (my work) is on display.”

Carranza is seeing first-hand what being part of an exhibition means to her students.

“I believe displaying art for the public is a huge self-esteem boost for children,” she said. “I also am so proud to be able to represent IPS as a school system that supports the arts for children.”