Student-Teacher project takes modern twist on Nutcracker - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Student-teacher project takes modern twist on Nutcracker

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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Calcasieu Parish art students and teachers helped deck the halls at the Calcasieu Parish School Board Office.

Nearly 200 nutcrackers are on display in the lobby of the School Board office.

After studying the history of nutcrackers, students and teachers took their own modern twist on the holiday icon.

"They were free to choose any theme they wanted. They could develop or change them however they wanted. If they didn't want swords, they could change those to whatever they wanted. You'll notice some have drums, some have footballs and others have candy canes. It was just sort of a free project," said Dr. Daniel Vidrine, Art Supervisor of Calcasieu Parish schools.

The nutcrackers started off as bare wood. Students designed 4-inch characters, and teachers designed the 12-inch ones for a holiday student-teacher art project.

"The idea with the teacher as artists, it gives the students the opportunity to see their teacher as a practicing artist as well as a teacher. And sometimes they are fascinated because they don't know their teachers are artists and when they see their finished product next to the teacher products, it's just a real thrill for them," said Vidrine.

The nutcrackers are on display to the public at the Calcasieu Parish School Board Office through Dec. 18.

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