Student art display

May 06, 2007|By JULIE E. GREENE

Artists are known for using just about anything as material to create their art.

Washington County Public Schools students are no different, using cardboard, wires and even toilet paper tubes in their designs.

The Public School Art Exhibition, featuring more than 2,500 works of art by about as many elementary, middle and high school students, opened last weekend in the Groh Gallery at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown's City Park.

This year's exhibit includes watercolor paintings, oil paintings, ceramics, duct tape sculptures, digital and film photography, pencil drawings, crayon drawings, yarn art, wood art and wire sculptures, said Rob Hovermale, coordinator of visual and performing arts for the school system.

The exhibit is open through Sunday, May 27.

Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.


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"Shadow," based on the PlayStation 2 game "Kingdom Hearts," was created by Clear Spring High School freshman Allyson Chaney, 15, said art teacher Matt Wilson.

Chaney shaped cardboard, then wrapped the cardboard with strips of fabric covered in plaster. After letting the plaster dry for about a day, she painted "Shadow" with acrylic paints. She used wire for the antennae and fingernails.

Tessa Weller, 15, made this tall vessel, giving it an organic look with its design and mottled brown glaze, said Elissa Twigg, art teacher at Hancock Middle-Senior High School. Tessa, a sophomore, added pieces to the cylindrical form, such as the vines, and removed material to create the 3-D design.

Cassie Bedard, 6, a first-grader at Eastern Elementary School, created this tempera painting. Students were asked to divide the space with lines and paint colors between the lines, art teacher Tom Renner said.

Fountaindale Elementary School fourth-grader Sierra Keefer, 10, modeled her Native American kachina doll after a person, said art teacher Sara Minnick. Some of her classmates modeled their dolls after animal spirits.

Madeleine Webber, 12, an eighth-grader at Boonsboro Middle School, created this watercolor with a method called pointillism, said art teacher Terri Welsh.

French artist George Seurat created the painting style pointillism around the 1880s, Welsh said. Typically, the tip of a paintbrush is dabbed, but Madeleine used cotton swabs to paint the dots of color that blend to create the image.

Smithsburg Middle School sixth-grader Brooke Graybill, 12, made this yarn piece of Mexican mountains.

Even today, using yarn in place of paint is a traditional method of art among the native Mexican Indians the Huichol (wee-chol), art teacher Stacy Bressler said.

A shaman, typically a man, would go into a trance and have dreamlike visions or prophecies before creating such art, Bressler said. The Huichol would melt wax, rather than use glue as Brooke did, to adhere the yarn to a surface that was probably wooden, Bressler said.

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