CES celebrates student artwork

Published 2:29 pm Wednesday, April 26, 2017

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Senior Staff Writer

Clanton Elementary School students showed off their vibrant artwork from the school year during the annual Art and Music night.

There were 830 students’ artwork featured in this year’s show, which is spread over two nights April 26 and 27.

“Each year I teach about 20-30 different projects and I try to select one per each class, so with 46 homerooms I want a diversity at the show. I choose one of each thing I taught to be in the show,” Art teacher Julie Harrison said.

This year attendees experienced the art in a new way as they worked to complete a scavenger hunt.  The hunt included finding a self-portrait, a piece with an animal in it, a project that was all one color, etc.

“I actually wanted people to come in and not just look at their child’s art, but to look at other people’s art too,” Harrison said.

Each participant who turned in a completed scavenger hunt form was entered into a drawing for an art surprise pack.

Students liked seeing their work on display. Kourtney Benson and Marley Holsomback had turkeys featured in the show.

“It’s made out of recycled stuff, used over again,” Benson said.

She said she enjoyed using the recycled materials to make something new. However, her favorite art medium is acrylic paint.

“I like having all of the pieces fitting together and gluing them on the paper,” Holsomback said.

She said she used brown, red and green in her project. She said her favorite art medium was acrylic paint.

Holsomback also had a piece that had been a part of the school’s display at the Alabama Department of Education featured at the show.

Student Rebecca Richards said she was nervous about having her work on display. Her painting of an orange and yellow tropical fish was included in the show.

Student Tyson Kelley had an owl in the art show. He said he enjoyed painting for the project.

After browsing the displays, students and family members filed into the school cafeteria to hear the pre-kindergarten to second grade students sing, under the direction of music teacher Kristen Parks.

Attendees than completed an art project together. The project started by drawing a castle, then coloring some areas with crayons before painting.

“We both like art, so we just like being able to do it together,” attendee Camille Chambers said of her student Tyson Kelley.

Chambers said they enjoy drawing and coloring together.

The night ended with taking commemorative group photos.