A display of a digital photography exhibit created by students in Roberta Penn's fourth-grade class at Edison Intermediate/Middle School will be displayed next month at the Open Door Art Studio and Gallery.

A display of a digital photography exhibit created by students in Roberta Penn's fourth-grade class at Edison Intermediate/Middle School will be displayed next month at the Open Door Art Studio and Gallery.

As part of a class project, each student photographed an image or downloaded a photograph from the internet that represents Ohio.

Working with the assistance of Derek Mortland of VSA Arts of Ohio and Edison technology coordinator Marc Alter, the students used geometric transformations to enhance the visual interest of the images.

The students also researched their image's role in Ohio history and wrote a paper explaining why they chose their image and what they learned in doing their research.

The project allowed students to explore their creativity and to learn about Ohio history in a fun and different way, Penn said.

"They had a lot of autonomy in what images they chose," she said. "Some of their choices surprised me. But they could choose to shoot any image as long as they could explain it's relation to Ohio."

One student chose to photograph tires on vehicles in the Edison parking lot, Penn said.

He chose that image because Akron, known as the "rubber capital of the world," was home to factories belonging to Goodyear, Firestone and other tire companies, she said.

Fourth-grader Rasmia Shraim chose the American flag as the subject of her photograph.

"I photographed the flag that's in our classroom," she said. "I chose the flag because it represents Neil Armstrong. I love outer space and astronauts and he's from Ohio and was the first man to walk on the moon."

Shraim made four images of the flag and transformed the image by rotating the flags.

"I like this project. I just enjoyed playing with the image and figuring out what to do with it," she said.

Ben Fultz photographed a buckeye "because I really like the Buckeye football team. I thought it would be a good symbol of my favorite team."

"It was a simple photo to take," he said.

Fultz transformed the simple photograph by making a design that incorporated two main images of the buckeye with four smaller ones.

"I tried to find a way where there wouldn't be any white in the paper," he said.

Like Fultz, Noah Sturbois is also a big Ohio State football fun, and he displayed his support by selecting an image from the internet.

The photograph shows Brutus Buckeye carrying a flag onto the field with the team following behind him, Sturbois said.

"I took four images of Brutus and made each one look a little different," he said. "One of them I made to look like it came from an old movie. I made it look really old and grainy."

He transformed another image to make it appear to be glowing, made another of the images appear to be made out of chalk and turned another into an oil painting.

"I tried out a lot of different things before I came up with the final ideas," Sturbois said. "It was fun trying out things and seeing what worked."

Open Door Art Studio will hold an opening reception for the student exhibit from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 4

The images will be displayed throughout the month and will be available for purchase. Seventy percent of the proceeds from the sales will go to the fourth grade's Kids4Kids service project that benefits schools in Nicaragua.

Open Door is located at 13645 Grandview Ave., behind Figlio. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.