Erie Canal inspires local students

2014 Alexandra Markle canal oil

MEDINA, N.Y. (WIVB) – One of western New York’s historic treasures is serving as an inspiration for the next generation.

Medina High School art teacher, Jennifer Scott, recently took her class for walk along the Erie Canal.  Students carried their supplies with them, then turned what they saw into beautiful pieces of art.

The lesson was inspired by Hudson River Valley artists who painted from the Catskills to the Adirondack Mountains in the 1800s.

Students worked in a variety of media, including pastel, pencil, watercolor, oil and photography.  The featured image with this story is an oil painting by Alexandra Markle.

The class’ work is on display at the Erie Canal Discovery Center on Church Street in Lockport.

The Center’s open every day, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults; children under 18 are free.

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