July 24, 2016

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Students at Medina High School create portrait of Abe Lincoln

MEDINA — Some special students at Medina High School showed off their artistic ability Tuesday with an assist from a local artist.

Medina High School students, from left, James Appelgate, Julia Gomez, Kevin Winchester, Al Terwilliger, Chynna Henderson, Paul Lydon and Mark Menyes pose with a picture of President Abraham Lincoln Tuesday morning at the school. About 16 special-needs students created the artwork with help from Wadsworth artist Richard Doyle. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

About 16 students in a special-needs class taught by Susan Toth and Sue Klingshirn celebrated the return of their artwork featuring the 16th U.S. president, Abraham Lincoln. In late October, Wadsworth artist Richard Doyle taught a 90-minute art class at the school, where students colored 36 numbered 5-inch squares that were put together to form a unique portrait of Lincoln.

“I told the kids to use as much color and creativity as they could,” said Doyle, who titled the piece, “Individually Special — Together a Work of Art.”

“It was nice to see them so excited when it all came together.”

The students’ poster-sized artwork was featured in the 2013 Aquarius Exhibition art show last month at the Medina library. Doyle took the piece to be displayed at the library and returned it to the students Tuesday morning at the high school.

“These kids are truly the miracle of Medina,” Doyle said.

Student Juliana Gomes said she enjoyed working on the piece of art.

“It was fun to learn about drawing and colors,” she said.

Toth noted her students received plenty of “positive instruction” from Doyle on how color relates to art.

“This was a real accomplishment for them to make something so beautiful,” she said.

Contact reporter Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.