More art from our annual teen art contest

November 18, 2007|By JULIE E. GREENE

Etchings and summer memory jars were some of the works of art submitted for Pulse's 2007 student art contest. Images of the winning art were published Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Pulse, The Herald-Mail's weekly teen section.

Here are some more of the 31 entries. All of these were created by students of art teacher Shelly Rohrbaugh at Heritage Academy west of Hagerstown.

Three of the images, the vases of flowers, are etchings. The students drew the vases and flowers and outlined them with thick black marker, Rohrbaugh said.

Then they colored in the images with thick wax crayons and covered the entire work with plain black India ink. After the ink dried, they used an etching tool to scratch off some of the black ink, creating patterns on the flower petals, vases, surfaces and backgrounds.


The patterns create the illusion of movement, and the etching also creates texture and depth. The wax resists the India ink so it's fairly easy to scrape off the ink without affecting the crayon color.

Caroline Clark, 15, of Warfordsburg, Pa., also did an etching of a vase of flowers. "I had fun doing it ... it took a while to color it, but once you got done etching, you were like, 'Wow, this looks a lot different from what you put down.'"

Senior Shelly Bere, 18, of Hagerstown, enjoyed doing an etching for the first time, though "the coloring felt like it took forever." But the end result was worth the work, she said.

It took three classes, approximately three hours, to create this etching, said junior David "D.W." Sword, 16, of Clear Spring. Sword's preferred way to create art is with pencil. He draws sports cars and deer, said D.W., who hunts with his dad.

Eighth-grader Peter Therrien, 13, drew this image of a British soldier during the Revolutionary War from a picture provided by his teacher. Then he colored it in with crayons and crumpled up the paper to give it a distressed look. He brushed a mixture of Elmer's glue and black India ink over top the image and wiped off that mixture, so the mixture colored in the creases and gave the image a shiny coat.

Rohrbaugh's students were working on color combinations and cloud formations when sophomore Andrew Harrell, 15, of Hagerstown, painted this sunset with acrylics. Andrew is working on creating an abstract sculpture with paper cards.

Danae Deal, 16, of Smithsburg, created a summer memory jar. During the summer, Danae, her brother and some friends went to a Six Flags amusement park, where she rode at least one roller coaster. The cellophane placed over the jar adds depth, as does the curving roller coaster.

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