Works by Cleveland students to be exhibited at Christie’s New York


CLEVELAND — Artwork by Cleveland elementary students will be on display this week in the Big Apple.

The works of eight students from Mary B. Martin Elementary School will be on display at Christie’s auction house this Wednesday as part of the Young Visions 2022 exhibit.

They were among 30 artists chosen nationwide from hundreds of submissions.

One Studio Institute art instructor says it helps build kids’ confidence as they create art.

“I taught them, in art, you can’t make mistakes, you just do better,” said Georgio Sabino, III.

“It’s a very proud moment for Mary Martin and the staff to see how well they excel in this program,” said Sabino.

Sabino says he knew in 7th grade he wanted to be an artist.

“And that’s the part that was amazing because I was able to immerse myself in all of this art, one being fashion design, the other being interior design,” Sabino said.

Sabino uses his life experience as an artist to help develop young minds within the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

He says they are meeting with teachers to discuss how to incorporate art into their curriculum.

“Like math, when you want to do fractions, how do you do fractions with art? So now you can cut a circle in half and reduce it to a quarter and a 16th and share what a fraction is artistically,” Sabino said.

He says it helps children grow in two areas.

“It lets their imagination run wild, it lets them say, ‘Okay, I can take this problem and now solve it using different techniques that an artist might use,'” Sabino said.

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