Elementary students show off their swirls

April 25, 2010|By JULIE E. GREENE

HAGERSTOWN -- Dear Mr. van Gogh, I love how you used all kinds of swirls in your artwork. It's really nice how you used them in all kinds of interesting ways. I was wondering how would your artwork change if you had not used the swirls? -- Sincerely, Carinna H.

Carinna H. is Carinna Householder, a fifth-grade artist whose work is on display at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown's City Park.

Below Carinna's letter to the late Vincent van Gogh, creator of works such as "Starry, Starry Night," is an example of Carinna's art, featuring swirls. The Potomac Heights Elementary student's color drawing of a frog sticking his tongue out includes the swirl effect.

Carinna's drawing is one of approximately 1,500 pieces of art by Washington County public elementary schools' students that went on display Saturday at the museum, said Don Viar, curriculum specialist for visual arts.


More than 1,000 people attended the exhibit Sunday, when an opening reception was held, said Amy Hunt, museum educator.

The elementary art exhibit will be up through May 9. An opening reception for an exhibit of art by the county's middle and high school students at the museum will be May 16.

Usually there is one exhibit featuring the work of public elementary, middle and high school students, but this year two exhibits are being held, Viar said. That allows more art to be shown and lessens the crowd factor during the opening reception.

Charlie Pence, 6, of Hagerstown, showed off his small pottery bowl, which he made at Rockland Woods Elementary. Asked what he will keep in the bowl, Charlie said, "treasure."

His big brother, Jacob, 9, has two works on display, a mask and a relief print. The relief print was made using a Styrofoam meat tray, pencil, a brayer or hand roller, ink and paper, explained their art teacher, Joshua Edwards.

Kylie Doberer, 11, of Hagerstown, made a six-legged red and black papier-mache spider, as well as a landscape for the spider. She used random items her art teacher provided to create the landscape, which included green toothpicks for grass.

Dorothy and James Barber, of Smithsburg, were admiring some of the students' works. It was a puppet created by their granddaughter, Emma Verdier, that drew them to the exhibit.

Emma, 6, a first-grader at Smithsburg Elementary, made a puppet of a character from the story "The Little Red Hen."

"We started with origami. We glued little features onto it," Emma said.

Dorothy Barber said she was impressed with the variety of artwork.

"The art teachers really bring out the talent in these children," she said.

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