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Del Mar students combine ‘Pixels and Paint’ in library art exhibit

Del Mar Middle School art students will show off their pixel-perfect works in a new exhibit that blends the worlds of digital and analog.


“Pixels and Paint,” from teacher Aaron Snyder’s seventh- and eighth-graders, debuts March 21 — including an artists’ reception from 5 to 7 p.m. — and runs through April 11 at the Belvedere-Tiburon Library.


“Nowadays we see so much of our world through the lens of a digital camera, phone or screen,” says Snyder, who selects his students’ area of focus for the annual exhibit. “Dots or squares of color are used to make sense of the world around us and create the images we see on our phones, TV and computer screens.”


He noted many of his students regularly play video games in which the characters and scenes now look almost real, prompting him to have his students use the concept of the pixel for a body of work.


“I thought it would be fun and fascinating to see how kids might take their ideas and use squares or dots of color to make art,” Snyder says.

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