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The Cinderella Collection - McKeesport High School Academy Art Class Paper Creations, 2017

The Cinderella Collection - McKeesport High School Academy Art Class Paper Creations, 2017
November 21, 2018 By: Amanda Gillen, Director of Learning & Visitor Experience

The Cinderella Collection | McKeesport High School Academy Art Class Paper Creations, 2017

Visitors to the Frick are having a wonderful time seeing the astounding works of Isabelle de Borchgrave in our current exhibition. Isabelle seeks to “fool the eye” with her creations, rendering gowns and costumes out of paper in a way that does indeed make you look, and look again.  

It is possibly because of paper’s accessibility to us all that her works seem that much more unbelievable, but Isabelle isn’t the only artist creating remarkable works from this everyday material. In the spring of 2017, under the direction of their art teacher, Diana Pazuchanics, talented young artists in the McKeesport High School Academy Art class created “The Cinderella Collection”— large-scale works of paper art that hung in the auditorium and supported the theme of the high school musical.  
As part of the process, students explored various paper engineering techniques such as folding, cutting, rolling, pleating, scrunching, curling, and origami. They then used those techniques to create “dream come true” dress options for Cinderella. 

The students worked for weeks to develop these wonderful pieces, each of which measures a remarkable 48” x 83.” The students developed their ideas in a variety of ways, with some choosing a theme early on and others creating works that evolved in a more spontaneous way.  Certainly the individuality of each piece, and the skill it took to make it, is evident in each.

Below you can see images of the dresses created by the McKeesport art students.  Although these paper creations were made long before Isabelle de Borchgrave’s work filled our galleries, these students were channeling the same inventive and experimental spirit as they turned one of the most every day materials into something extraordinary.

Thank you to Diana Pazuchanics and her students for sharing their work with us!  









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