MOUNT DESERT — Amelia Earhart is sporting an aviator’s cap, and legendary Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Roy Campanella is wearing his baseball cap in portraits drawn by students in Julie Bennoch’s second-grade class at Mount Desert Elementary School.
Each of the 13 students read a biography of a historical figure and wrote a short report about the person.
One student wrote of the period in which Rosa Parks lived: “White people were treated better than black people. There were no iPhones.”
Another student picked up on the fact that Albert Einstein had been expelled from high school “because he asked questions the teachers couldn’t answer.”
Art teacher Carol Shutt said the students read the biographies and wrote their reports in Bennoch’s class.
“Then they came into the art room, where we did a lesson on drawing portraits, and they each did one,” she said.
Among the famous people whose portraits the students chose to draw were Betsy Ross, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Helen Keller and Martin Luther King Jr.
The portraits were on display in The Forum at the school all last week, which was the week of parent-teacher conferences.
This week is the annual Arts Week at the school. There have been one-hour workshops every morning and afternoon on everything from cartooning to theater improvisation and painting to bird carving.