On Wednesday, Nov. 15, Camden-Rockport Elementary School students in Susan Dowley's art class were busy putting the finishing touches on the wooden sculptures they had made in the style of world-renowned sculptor and Rockland native Louise Nevelson.

Using an assortment of wooden objects that they glued together in elaborate assemblages, the third-graders were assisted by parent volunteers who spray-painted the sculptures a deep glossy black. As a girl growing up in Rockland, Nevelson often wandered by the harbor, finding bits of driftwood and discarded bits of furniture, which she then arranged in large-scale forms that she painted one of three colors: white, gold or black.

As the paint on their sculptures began to dry, the students in Bonnie Massengale and Amber Kennedy's classes climbed aboard a bus along with Dowley, and arrived at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland to see some of Nevelson's works on display. Guided through the museum's galleries by three of the Farnsworth's docents, the students participated in interactive games and discussions focused on contemporary art and identifying similarities and differences between works.

"These trips to the Farnsworth have been wonderful," said Dowley. "There is something so special about taking students to the museum. I could easily do a PowerPoint presentation, but being able to bring them here so they can walk through and see the art, and giving them this experience, is terrific."

The exhibit "Black and White: Louise Nevelson/Pedro Guerrero" is comprised of sculptures by Nevelson paired with photographs of the sculptor by Guerrero. Although cameras were not allowed in this gallery, the students worked in teams to build miniature sculptures which they named,  and learned the story of a local girl who went on to become one of America's most famous sculptors.

The exhibit "Black and White: Louise Nevelson/Pedro Guerrero" is on view at the Farnsworth through April 1. The Farnsworth Art Museum is at 16 Museum St. in Rockland.