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Michael Gabriel, 6, of Bay Ridge, stands with his project during a children’s art show on Saturday at The Art Room on Third Avenue, where kids used artist Jospeh Cornell as inspiration to create collages from found objects.
Franca Vaccaro of Mill Basin and her nephew Luca Zito, 3, of Bay Ridge look at projects during Saturday’s exhibition at the Art Room.
Brooklyn Daily

Dozens of kids showed off their artistic talent at an exhibition at a Third Avenue art school on Saturday.

Students of the Art Room, which is between 87th and 88th streets, showed off their masterpieces, which were made from everyday objects and arranged into “assemblages” that resembled three-dimensional paintings.

The work emulated the style of famed artist Joseph Cornell, who made a name for himself making collages out of everyday objects he found.

“Some of them were really pretty evocative and imitate,” said Leigh Holliday, owner of the kid’s art school, on the work of her students. “Objects were found in attics, basements, kitchens, toy boxes, and drawers. Each secret box tells the viewer a visual story.”

The after-school program for kids ranging in age from 2 to 12 years old aims to teach young children to think about art before diving in and creating it.

“We’re trying to get them at a very young age to create things with process in mind,” said Holliday.

Seventy-three students participated in the show.

Holliday wouldn’t pick favorites, but did say that some projects stuck out in her mind.

“One student built one that looked kind of like a house,” she said. “He literally put together more of a scene than a collection.”

Reach reporter Dan MacLeod at or by calling him at (718) 260-4507. You can also follow his Tweets at @dsmacleod.

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