BIG THANKS to Sponsors Bougainvillea Perfumeria and Sampson House, who made it possible for SCECHS students to showcase their artistic talents. SCECHS Student's artwork will be on display at the "Ah Glow in the Park" Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, December 6, 2019
5:30pm - 12pm @ Limpricht Park Christiansted Town.
St. Croix Educational Complex High School art students in Ms. Danica David, Mr. Dwydale Dariah, and Mr. Shakir Smith’s classes designed Virgin Islands cultural paper dolls.
The first manufactured paper doll was Little Fanny. It was produced by S & J Fuller in London during 1810. Paper images were used in 9th-century Asian cultures for rituals and to create origami art in Japan.
The paper dolls made by SCECHS students were adorned with madras fabric. Madras fabric is used to design numerous Virgin Islands celebratory costumes. The first madras consist of woven yarn spun from the “tip-skin” of ancient trees in Madras, India, which is now modern-day Chennai. Madras fabric made its way to the Middle East and Africa by the 1200s. After that it made its way throughout the Caribbean islands.
The students made paper dolls in the form of quadrille dancers, mocko jumbies, and steel pan players. Mocko jumbies originated in West African and have been a part of the Virgin Islands’ cultural heritage for over 200 years. The European inspired dance quadrille was adapted in VI as colonial entertainment. Steelpan originated in Trinidad and Tobago in the 1930s. It later made its way to the Virgin Islands and other Caribbean Islands.
Quadrille Dance paper doll ornaments were created by Ms. Danica David's (SCECHS Fine Arts Department Chair) students.
Shaquan La Touche
Shyonii De Souza
Mr. Dwydale Dariah's students created the Mocko Jumbie ornaments. Dwydalebruce Dariah
◦ Khalina Alexis
◦ Jada James
◦ Janeris Sanchez
◦ Yazira Encarnacion
◦ Sierra Henry
◦ Latisha Laudat
◦ Camila Laudat
◦ K’Shante Springer
◦ Shenique Martin
◦ Ricoya Williams
◦ N’Yesha Almestica
Mr. Shakir Smith's students created the Steel Pan Musician ornaments.
Shakir J Smith
STX STUDENTS OF THE MONTH: EDUCATIONAL COMPLEX HS ART STUDENTS