Let’s get visual: Student Art Show wows at Dartmouth High

May 14, 2019

Brightly-colored paintings, shining pieces of jewelry, and crafts made from popsicle sticks and styrofoam cups lined walls and tables in the Dartmouth High gymnasium for the 11th annual Visual Arts Show and STEM innovation night.

The students and family members who came out to see the artwork also got to play with a 3D printer, look into a smart mirror, and explore other tech on the science side of the exhibition.

Many of the families were blown away by the talent on display.

Tom Carreiro commented, “I think the show’s phenomenal. I mean, all these students here every year I’ve been coming — it’s never short of impressive to see the talent.”

His daughter Abigail, a junior at Dartmouth High, won an award in outstanding design for one of her necklaces — a honeycomb design, made in Jewelry I with Miss Bozarth.

The shining jewelry table was drawing quite a crowd — but it wasn’t the only popular display.

“From photography to charcoal, to the portraits...it’s very impressive,” the elder Carreiro said.

“It’s our first time coming,” said Christine Santos, whose five-year-old daughter Isabella was showing off her drawing of apples.

“So far everything’s been great,” she added. “It’s beautiful to see how much talent the kids have in the area...And such a young age, having so much artistic ability.”

Dartmouth High sophomores and Art II students Reese Leconte and Kate Reynolds were looking at their friends’ work.

“[Art]’s just always been something I’ve been interested in, whether I’m good at it or not...all my friends are really talented, so being surrounded by that is motivating,” Leconte said.

But it wasn’t all about art, either.

Tables at one end of the gymnasium showcased visual reality tech, 3D printing, and programming and engineering projects for the schools’ STEM innovation night.

Instructional technology specialist at Quinn Trisha Leary was showing off the school’s visual and augmented reality tech — including goggles, tablets, and Merge Cubes — with colleague Kate Powers.

“We brought them to kind of showcase some of the new technologies that we’re using,” she explained. “The kids in the schools are exploring things like the national monuments, and different land forms...you can be in space, or under water, and look around.”

Near the virtual reality corner were a handful of tables showcasing projects from the high school’s programming and engineering classes, with a remote-controlled plane, a smart mirror, and various games and programs on display.

Dartmouth High student Sean Sebastiao made the mirror — which displays the time, weather, news, and whatever other widgets he programs into it — as his senior project.

He programmed the small Raspberry Pi computer that runs the mirror and even made the frame around the rig, which consists of a flat-screen monitor behind a two-way acrylic glass front.

And junior Victor Goncalves created a program that he can use every day, to help him manage his own diabetes.

“All you have to input is the amount of carbs that you’re eating,” he said. “So here I put, say 90…[then] it gives you the amount of units of insulin you have to take.”

Jim Gatenby was touring the show with his wife and children.

“This is absolutely amazing here,” he commented. “To see what the Dartmouth Public Schools are able to do in education is tremendous. This is unbelievable.”