‘Projections’ showcases student art on grand scale
By DAN STOUTAMIRE | STARS AND STRIPES Published: November 22, 2017
WIESBADEN, Germany — The facade of Wiesbaden High School on Tuesday night served as a massive canvas for student art, drawing an enthusiastic group of viewers despite the cold.
Called “Projections 2017,” the display showcased works from all U.S. military-run schools in Wiesbaden. They ranged from Monty Python-inspired animations and satirical video clips to abstract art and watercolors.
Many of these became 30 feet tall or more when projected onto the new school.
The show, which teachers say they’d like to hold at least once a year, was a good way for the larger community to see what their students have been up to.
“We work so hard doing our art projects, performing for concerts, and that’s normally just parent-based,” said Lisa Williams, a Spanish and art teacher at Aukamm Elementary School. “We don’t have a museum that we can put all our work in, so this is a way for us to show the community this is what we’ve been doing.”
More than 100 pieces of art created by hundreds of students were displayed during the 40-minute show.
“I really liked the abstract art part — that was really cool,” said Christian Mackey, a fifth-grader at Hainerberg Elementary. “I like the different colors and just the look of it, because it’s so different and unique.”
“Projections” grew out of meetings that began last year among art teachers at the four Defense Department schools in Wiesbaden. They wanted to replicate on a smaller scale what has been done at Brussels’ Grand-Place, where huge projectors thrill holiday visitors with music and light shows.
The new school, then under construction, seemed the ideal location, Williams said.
Dell McMullen, superintendent of Department of Defense Educational Activity-Europe, attended the show. She was impressed.
“I had no idea what to expect, none whatsoever and we walked up and saw everything, I gasped – it took my breath,” she said.
Scott McGlynn, a music teacher at Wiesbaden High School, spent time after classes using a computer program to make sure the audio, video and images were synchronized.
“It took way longer than I anticipated, but I’m very pleased with how it turned out.”