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More that 1,000 pieces of elementary school art on display at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

April 21, 2013|By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com
  • Christy Saunders, 10, admires the variety of pieces of art at the opening of the Washington County Public School's Art Exhibition held on Sunday at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.
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Eight-year-old Blake Shupp posed next to her artwork of an elephant made of geometric shapes while her father used a camera to capture the moment.

“We had to make a picture out of those shapes,” the Clear Spring Elementary School second-grader explained.

The elephant had a circle for a head, while its legs, trunk and torso were made out of rectangles. The mountains Blake drew in the background were triangular, her father, Sid, pointed out.

Sid Shupp said his daughter was so excited about the elementary art exhibit, she has been telling everyone in the family about it.

“I think it’s awesome,” he said of the exhibit at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.

An opening reception was held Sunday afternoon for the exhibit, which features more than 1,000 pieces of art by Washington County Public Schools elementary students in the museum’s Bowman and Kerstein galleries.

The elementary art show continues through early May, when the show will be replaced with art by the school system’s middle and high school students.

Aiden Young and his sister, Eithne, were taking pictures of art with their tablet computers.

Eithne, 9, had her art on display in the museum last year and Aiden, 8, has a piece on display this year.

Aiden, who is in Priscilla Howard’s art class at Clear Spring Elementary, created what appeared to be a watercolor. The image, per the assignment, was of birds, a tree and a mushroom, he said.

“It was amazing,” said his mother, Dawn Young.

“I was impressed,” said Aiden’s father, Steve Young, who added that he still draws stick figures.

Museum Director Rebecca Massie Lane designated two works of art for director’s awards.

Lane said fourth-grader Corey Wilt’s papier-mache elephant bust was “very expressive” and “psychologically interesting.”

The bust reminded Lane of the fictional character Babar the Elephant, though it is a sad Babar.

Salem Avenue Elementary art teacher Kellie Mele said Corey finished the elephant, which has tusks made of clay, last week after starting it near the beginning of the school year, she said.

Mele said Corey excels in art and has been working on the project during an independent study period on Mondays.

The other director’s award, a green ribbon, was awarded to Lincolnshire Elementary third-grader Madeline Gustafson’s little paper cube, which was inspired by modernist Piet Mondrian, Lane said.

Madeline’s art teacher, Debby Lesher, said students were learning about how other artists influence art. They used iPads to research Mondrian and chose a couple facts to write a statement.

Madeline wrote that Mondrian used squares, loved math and used primary colors. She divided the cubes’ sides into quadrants, and the quadrants on the prominent side on display were white, blue, red and yellow.

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