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West Students Draw Themselves to win Street Art Prize

The student artists took first prize in the environmental division in the 13th annual Street Painting Festival in Providence.

A group of students at Cranston High School West took home a first-place prize at the 13th annual Providence Rotary Street Painting Festival this past weekend.

According to art teacher Valerie Bruzzi-Krsulic, the students arrived in Providence on an overcast Sept. 29 not knowing what their task would be. They were assigned an 8-foot square slab of street and everything else was open ended.

They took their colored pastels and started sketching.

“We are drawing ourselves, drawing a picture about recycling,” said Meika Matook. 

“We included the word ‘Respect’ in it because this is the current theme in our school,” added Farzana Zubair.  

The final result — a clever, if not brilliant bird's-eye rendition of the students working together on a street art project, a picture within a picture, their art and reality blending together — notched the students a first-place award for the environmental divison.

The finished design will be turned into a floor-cloth painting and put on display in the office at Cranston West.

Bruzzi-Krsulic said her students participate in the street art festival every year.

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