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Students, resident artist unveil historical project

By Beth A. Birmingham | Jun 17, 2019
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Resident artist Tim Christensen, left, and art teacher Anthony Lufkin pose with the art project they helped students at Friendship Village School create.

Friendship — The students at Friendship Village School unveiled a project they have been working on this spring with resident artist Tim Christensen and art teacher Anthony Lufkin June 13.

Each student was assigned to create their own view of Friendship on a porcelain scallop shell to be displayed in the school's hallway.

"The project is an attempt to record a school’s view of Friendship from as many perspectives as possible," Christensen said at the unveiling.

He said the students were asked as a class to record the natural history and human history, the oral traditions and interesting origin stories of the town. They were given the scallop shells on which to etch their thoughts in picture form

The shells were then adhered to the wall as a collection.

"It’s an empowering message for students that their voice matters and their view will endure, and hopefully the process will allow them to reflect on what they would like to say with that responsibility and ability," he said.

Christensen has been working in the schools, helping to build and expand arts integrated curriculum in the state for about six years.

"I generally use sgraffito and explore the connections between visual and verbal communication, and help students to find their voices," he said.

He has been a full-time visual artist working in sgraffito on porcelain for 20 years.

Christensen now lives in Roque Bluffs, and has a studio there and in Portland at the Running With Scissors Artist Community.

"Porcelain, as far as we know, is almost infinitely durable, so it’s possible that their history will be the one that survives and is referenced longest," Christensen said.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at

Studens, resident artist unveil historical project
(Video by: Beth A. Birmingham and Tyler Southard)
Fourth-grade student Ivy McCollett, left, points out her scallop shell art while her mother, Amy, snaps a photo June 13 at Friendship Village School. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
A sampling of some of the visions students at Friendship Village School have of life in their town. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
A lobster boat is etched on this porcelain scallop shell. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
And, of course, there were many shells with lobster fishing-related images. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
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Comments (1)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Jun 19, 2019 16:02

So many thoughtful artists! congratulations to the students and not to forget, the teachers!

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