See, hear the art at Hampton High School March 17, 18

Monday, March 2, 2020 | 11:00 PM

Hues and Harmony at Hampton High School provides an educational opportunity to observe visual and musical artistic expression from its students, March 17 and 18, at 5:30 p.m.

The free and annual event features art for the public to view accompanied by vocal and instrumental music selections by the student body.

“Hues and Harmony is a wonderful opportunity for community engagement across a differentiated display of visual and musical arts. Art can be both very personal and public, often at the same time. This festival allows residents of the community to interpret and reflect upon both the visual and musical art forms presented by Hampton Township School District students,” said Sean Desguin, of the HTSD music department.

“A student’s personal creation, when presented in a public form, can impact members of the public on a personal level,” he said.

Desguin said this year’s musical focus will be on “chamber” ensembles performing throughout the festival. These small vocal and instrumental groups will highlight student musicians’ talents and practice outside of their large ensembles.

“We are also excited to include piano performances this year by elementary students who take lessons outside of school,” said Desguin, who is part of the planning committee for Hues and Harmony.

Festival attendees will be able to enjoy the music in the cafeteria and “Freedom Shrine” areas of the high school as they peruse the artwork, he said.

Also new this year are “informances” featuring third-grade recorder students and fifth-grade orchestra students. An “informance” is not a formal performance, but a sample lesson used to demonstrate the process of teaching and learning, said Desguin.

Returning this year are the jazz bands from both the middle and high schools, he said. And participants can again have the opportunity to create a percussion instrument out of recycled materials and then make music together in a relaxed environment in the “Found Sounds” Drum Circle.

Kelly Koble, of the art department, said their art theme is “2020: Vision, Revision, and Envision,” with much of the displayed artwork and interactive activities reflecting on this idea.

For example, the Hampton Middle School Art Club will be leading an art activity in which participants can transform drawings into 3D art with the use of 3D glasses, she said.

Just as in previous years, Koble said the festival will be interactive for their audience.

“Participants have an opportunity to make their own art in addition to viewing live student demonstrations and student artwork. The popular screen printing station will return along with a STEAM demonstration and student led origami station,” said Koble, who is part of the planning committee for the event.

“We believe the process of making art is as valuable as the final product. By making the arts festival interactive and more process focused, it allows participants to better appreciate the multiple levels of learning and the creative thought process that goes into creating a piece of art.”

Also, the student council will be kicking off their THON fundraiser at the event with an ice cream sale. THON is a fundraising event to be held on March 27 with proceeds benefiting the UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh fundraiser. Contributions can be made at