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Antietam Academy showcases art

December 10, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN -- His first attempt at photography earned him a place in a student art show at Antietam Academy Middle, but Blake Ingram said he isn't exactly sure what made his photos so special.

The 14-year-old eighth-grader said he plans to take more photographs. About 10 of his black-and-white photos were viewed by about 50 people who attended the program's art show Wednesday.

The art night, which featured drawings, paintings, photos and other creations, was paid for through a $1,000 grant from Target in Hagerstown, school counselor Misti Winders said. Winders, who applied for the grant, said students at Antietam Academy like to draw and respond well to hands-on projects that "get them up and moving."

Antietam Academy enrolls about 38 students in sixth through eighth grades who were referred from their home schools after having disciplinary problems or other issues.

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Assistant Principal John Howell said some might view the students as "problem kids," but that is not always the case.

"All students here are very intelligent and very creative," he said.

Antietam students may stay for as few as six weeks before returning to their home schools, Howell said, depending on how dedicated they are to the program.

Jacob Johnson, 13, an eighth-grader at Antietam Academy Middle, said he is in his second week at the school and was proud that his abstract drawing of an alligator was displayed in Wednesday's show.

Jacob said he completed the drawing in one day and that he enjoyed the process.

Alonzo Mason, 13, a seventh-grader, drew a picture of a diploma with the quote, "A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds," in neat cursive on the poster board.

Alonzo said he likes to draw and enjoys animation, and said his teachers provided a lot of help for him while completing his project.

William Walker, 13, an eighth-grader, had four black-and-white photographs in Wednesday's show. William said he had taken some photos before, but received guidance from his teachers who showed him "what might look nice."

His favorite picture was one called "Winter Skyline," William said. The photo shows a row of trees with a clear sky in the background.

"It feels good that people can see what I did," William said.

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