Intricate art is elementary

Grade school students display creations at museum show

April 22, 2012|By DAVE McMILLION |
  • Winter Street Elementary School second-grader Amber Kegarise poses in front of classmates artwork Sunday at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. Two of Amber's creations are hanging behind her.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Walls were lined with ceramic creations, and hundreds of other pieces of art hung throughout the building showed images of outdoor scenes, insects, animals and faces.

Some creations were intricate, like the tiny paper boxes that Lincolnshire Elementary student Kameron Jackson hung from a coat hanger.

Or the berries that four Bester Elementary students crafted from some type of material. The berries were spilled from small produce boxes as if they had just been plucked from a field.

The creations were displayed in the annual student art show Sunday afternoon at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.

The elementary school art show will go on for two weeks, then middle and high school students will get a chance to have their works exhibited.

As in past years, parents and students packed the museum Sunday to view artwork.

Lillian Merrill, a student at Conococheague Elementary School, showed off her yarn weaving, which looked like a miniature area rug of pink, blue, red, black, orange and green. Instead of using a needle, the 9-year-old said she used tape to weave her piece.

When told of the prospect of having her story told in the newspaper Monday, Merrill had something urgent to tell her father, Jim Merrill.

“You better buy the newspaper tomorrow,” Lillian said.

Jim Merrill said he is not sure what inspired his daughter to become interested in weaving.

“I have no idea. Neither her mother nor I are artistic,” Merrill said.

Ten-year-old Jacob Edwards walked around the museum looking at artworks with his father, Jack Edwards.

Jacob, who is in fourth grade at Paramount Elementary School, said he had a mirror image piece of artwork displayed, the fifth year he has had something shown in the event.

Jacob said he likes art because of the freedom he has to produce it.

“You can put your emotion into it,” Jacob said.

Thousands of pieces of art are typically shown during the elementary show, which feature pieces chosen by teachers for display.

Artwork from all students in the county used to be shown together, but it was eventually divided into two shows, said Josh Edwards, an art teacher at Rockland Woods Elementary School.

Edwards said it is nice to have two shows because there is more room to show the students’ creations.

“More elementary students get a chance to have their pieces shown,” Edwards said.

Students who get prizes for their works are honored during an evening awards ceremony.

“It’s really a nice time,” Edwards said.

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