• Patton students host art exhibition, show

  • Advanced Art and regular art class students participated in an exhibition and show May 11 in the atrium at Patton Junior High School.

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  • Christopher Burnett | Staff Writer
    Advanced Art and regular art class students in grades eight and nine participated in an exhibition and show May 11 in the atrium at Patton Junior High School.
    “This show is being done according to the state standards,” art teacher Ronie McBride said. “Students also curated and installed the entire exhibition in this space.”
    Kira Strong, an eighth-grader who has taken art for two years, said the motivation for her displayed work was to show various aspects of nature coming together.
    “I used violets, Hawaiian flowers and tropical leaves,” Strong said. “My artist’s statement tells what elements I used in the piece and focuses on my love of nature.”
    Cheyenne Martin used oil pastels to create her displayed work. She said the work used a technique of blending the gold and yellow colors to depict the dimensional properties of french fries.
    “I picked a random piece of music to use as the canvas because my subject would go with most anything,” Martin said.
    Martin’s father, Justin Smith, said the various logistical elements inherent with producing the art show provided ways for students to build problem-solving abilities and other useful skills.
    “Teaching students to think creatively and develop decision-making skills at this age is vital,” Smith said. “Actively studying these types of processes involved with putting this art show together will be useful to them during high school and beyond.”
    McBride said the advanced art students make a portfolio that contains all of the pieces created during their time in the class. She said students were immersed in the entire process and chose art from their individual portfolios to display at the show.
    “The educational opportunities went beyond creating art in class. Students decided upon the layout of the space,” McBride said. “They made the information tags for their artwork, wrote an artist’s statement describing their artistic motivations and the aesthetics of the piece, and also considered the things that go into producing a gallery opening.”
    Eighth-grader Madison Clark used a Fibonacci Sequence as the base method to create her art.
    “Fibonacci Sequence relates to mathematics and says the first two numbers equal the next number and then those two numbers equal the next numbers and so on,” Clark said. “It begins with making a grid on the paper, and the objects fit inside the grids.”
    Eighth-grade students Callie Evans and Avery Webb created projects with music paper as the canvas to produce their respective works of art using oil pastels.
    Evans said the technique involved layering and blending the colors with a cotton ball.
    Page 2 of 2 - “I chose the sheet music because my family is from North Carolina and I created the bird’s nest with eggs to show new life beginning,” Evans said.
    Webb said her love of horses motivated using horseshoes as her focal point. She said the highlighting elements used involved blending and shading the chosen colors.
    “The horse’s name I learned to ride was Gypsy,” Webb said. “My artwork is called ‘Hoofprints’ because of the three horseshoes overlapping each other, with my old lesson horse’s name underneath them. I liked using the layering technique because you can see the layers of coloring in each of the horseshoes.”
    McBride said discipline-based art education incorporates aesthetics, production, art criticism and art history, which are the four disciplines of art. She said her class presents students with information about the elements of art and principles of design.
    “I start the schoolyear with a field trip to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City,” McBride said. “It is a great model for our students of what highly developed art looks like in a professional gallery setting.”
    Ryan Wiebe, Patton principal, said one of the pieces of art on display was unique in that it was a three-dimensional object. He said the district received a grant from Northrop Grumman in support of a 3-D technology proposal that was submitted. As part of the grant, he said each school was able to purchase two 3-D printers and buy 3-D pens for the art programs.
    “The three-dimensional butterfly showcased is a creative use of technology by our art students,” Wiebe said. “The programming, curriculum and individual creativity involved in this exhibition augment the positive experience of learning. The entire art show is excellent. Ms. McBride does a great job every year.”
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