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Students' Art Pictures a Greener Darien

Darien High School students Chelsea Grant and Kaitlin Ferran are using their love of art to inspire others to care about the environment. The two were the winner and runnerup, respectively, of a poster contest held by the Darien Chamber of Commerce as part of the Darien Goes Green initiative.

"Most people don't take it upon themselves to work together to clean up the environment," Grant said. "If you love where you live you should work to change it."

Ferran focused on a specific environmental issue. "My teacher told us about a group that was working on banning plastic bags. I wanted to show that it was moving forward, and that plastic bags were falling out," Ferran said.

The girls said they spent about a week or two working on their posters using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Both said their graphic design teacher, Dorine Bosler, was an inspiration for their work.

"She really pushes us to use our own individual ideas. It's good to have her around to help us and teach us," Ferran said.

Grant, a senior, said she might consider a career in the arts. "I'm kind of bouncing around a couple of majors, but art is definitely something I would consider majoring in," she said. "I like graphic design more than painting. It's more fun and modern."

For Ferran, a sophomore, art is more of a hobby, but she makes sure that she takes at least one art class a year. She enjoys graphic design, but also likes other art forms as well, such as ceramics.

Grant's winning poster will be displayed all around town. Ferran's posters and the other contest entries can be seen on the windows of Fredric and Company .

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