Skateboard artist preaches perspective during Hillside Elementary visit
Getting the right perspective was the job of Hillside Elementary School students when they recently had skateboard artist Mark Rivard as a guest in art classes taught by Shannon Opichka.
Students watched a video of Rivard's art and his life before he visited their classes recently every morning for a week. Opichka's art assignment was to combine learning two-point perspective with cityscapes that Rivard includes in his art.
All the fifth-grade students also got a chance to work on a class project to decorate a skateboard with cityscapes.
Fifth-graders also drew cityscapes on mini-versions of paper skateboards and added their own interpretations.
Giselle Nunez added clouds to her cityscape and Jasmine Davis added a lot of detail by drawing in bricks.
"I'm a great artist," said Robyn Phillips. "If it has anything to do with Sharpies, I'll do it."
Rivard is a spokesman for Sharpie pens, which he uses to draw his art.
Alyssa Aaby has learned how to compensate for the distance between the lumpy end of a Sharpie pen and the pencil line she drew on. Aaby is considering becoming an architect.
To frame Rivard's autograph, Dakiria Acosta decorated the edges of a sheet of paper with scallops and flowers.
Students asked Rivard about his skiing career before he became an artist.
"I was chasing my dream to become a professional skier," he said, but was injured numerous times.
"I broke a lot of things," he said, adding that while recovering, he re-discovered his love of drawing and began by decorating a skateboard in 2003.