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The art of art

March 12, 2007|by JULIE E. GREENE

This spring hundreds of pieces of art made by Washington County Public Schools students will be on display during the school system's annual art exhibit at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown's City Park.

What patrons won't see is all the behind-the-scenes hours the students spent working on those and other art projects.

On this page, we give you a glimpse at some students working on projects, some of which might end up in that show.

In Washington County Public Schools, all elementary students take art classes, said Rob Hovermale, coordinator for visual and performing arts. Washington County middle schools handle art classes individually; some schools make art class available for all students, while others offer art as an elective. In high school, art is an elective.

WCPS have four main goals for art classes, Hovermale said. Students are taught to create art, to learn about the history of art and culture, to learn aesthetic criticism - how to decipher and critique art - and to learn to perceive and respond to performance art such as music.

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The show at the fine arts museum will run from Saturday, April 28, through Sunday, May 27.

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