Freshmen art students constructed an unusual art gallery Tuesday on the side of McClellan Street.
Using lawn signs, they displayed their art along the road near Schenectady High School.
The project was the triumphant conclusion of a yearlong exploration that changed the way many of them saw art.
“I never liked art before this year,” said Dhanraj Lokenauth, 15. “It was boring. It was repetitive.”
And students couldn’t come up with their own projects, said Rhea Rising, 15, so taking high school art was a surprise.
“It was completely different,” she said.
Instead of working alone on predetermined projects, the students worked collaboratively to investigate abstract art. They found it wasn’t easy.
“If you go into a gallery, you might look at abstract art and say, ‘Anybody can do that,’ ” said visiting artist Peg Foley, who helped students with the project this month. “These kids now know that’s not so.”
Shaneze Ali, 15, said she’d always been sure there was “more to it” than there seemed.
“And there is. It’s all shapes, texture, color, contrast, movement. … It’s a lot,” she said. “All the principles of art.”