Student Artists Turn Winter Break into Canvas of Colors

Akin to the volunteers who sacrificed their winter holiday repose to decorate Rose Bowl floats, about 20 Culver City High School art students drew and painted during the school break for the Screenland 5K.

“Sacrifice? Not for these kids,” said Culver High art instructor Susan Fattorini, considering it a valuable opportunity for those not part of the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts program to showcase their talents.

Creating original artwork inspired by iconic Culver City movies and TV shows filmed by the 5K route, the students will soon view their achievements on downtown Culver City banners and elsewhere along the course.

Selecting from a list of 100 Culver City-related films curated by Screenland 5K Creative Director Lori Escalera, many students developed art that acknowledges often-overlooked contributors to cinematic storytelling in the Heart of Screenland.

“When our students celebrate under-represented and marginalized talent in the Culver City film industry, they give these people a voice. They develop an understanding and empathy,” Fattorini said.

An advocate for arts and equity in all its forms, Fattorini emphasizes the importance of individual artistic expression and encourages the exploration of identity and culture.

The Centaur art and yearbook class teacher brings a personal connection to Culver City film history, having worked in art direction, accounting, and performance at Sony Pictures and Culver Studios for 16 years.

Guests will follow the yellow brick road into TV and movie-themed visual arts and performances along 100 points of motion picture magic. The Screenland 5K, held on Oscar Sunday, March 10, at Ivy Station, celebrates the centennials of MGM, Culver Hotel, and other film landmarks.

Enter code STUDENTART for a 20% discount on race entries at until Jan. 16.

Mike Cohen

MOVIE THEMED–Iconic Culver City movies and TV shows inspired Culver City High School art students.  Their art will be showcased in downtown Culver City and elsewhere along the Screenland 5K course.



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