Primary School Principal Ann Taylor said that the art was judged by grade level and awarded first, second, third and honorable mention ribbons. All involved students earned participation ribbons for submitting their work to the exhibit.
“Various themes are represented in the art,” said Taylor. “We have Christmas, a favorite pet, sports and one picture even had the Titanic. These children have vivid imaginations.”
Six-year-old Sara Gandy drew a house with a rainbow door and a purple roof with a pink heart using the Magic Marker medium. The shy Sara let her work speak for her, though did say she made the drawing “because I wanted to.”
Her father David Gandy said, “She draws all the time at home. For Christmas, she got some art supplies.”
“And horse stuff,” the young artist added.
Intermediate Principal said, “This show is great because it lets kids show their talents as expressed through art. Many students have talent that they do not realize that they have. The show allows them to show off.”
Fifth Grader Nick Erickson discussed his portrait of actor James Dean, complete with a blue, first-prize satin ribbon. “A lot of people say he looks older in this picture. I have a poster of his out in the shed that I looked at,” Nick said. He said that he had not seen any of Dean’s films, but would like to soon.
Primary and Intermediate Art Teacher Gail Hardy congratulated her students at the museum for their hard work and moment in the spotlight. “They did this independently. I was not involved in the productions that they turned in. Hopefully they use some of the ideas that I put forth in class. Art is spontaneous though. Whatever was important at the time and on their minds was represented in their work. Christmas is a big theme because they had to turn them in before the holidays,” she said.
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