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Elementary students find resourceful, creative ways to make art

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Rogers Elementary first-grader Zakarria Johnson (left) and Anson Elementary fourth-grader Keyla Castellanos (right) used objects found in nature to create art.

Creating art is an important part of the education of young Bobcats, and being unable to physically attend art classes has not stopped students’ creative drive.

Elementary art teachers Danielle Platt, Nancy Cross and Maggie Parks have encouraged their students to continue creating while they’re at home. The teachers have been compiling photos of students’ artwork throughout the closure period.

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Several students (and parents) have created unique drawings. Top: Fisher first-grader Piper Peitig; Center: art by  Franklin kindergartner Ashlynn Goings and her mother; Bottom: Franklin kindergartner Nolan Schmit shows off his colorful drawing.

“Art is therapy,” said Platt, who teaches Anson and Hoglan elementary students. “I know art helps me to think through life and can distract me from my troubles. So, when these kids do their art projects with me or with their families, it is helping them mentally and sometimes physically, too.”

Fisher and Woodbury elementary art teacher Maggie Parks said she has enjoyed watching students show their resourcefulness while working on art projects.

“One of my favorite activities was when the students created artwork with found objects outside, in the spirit of Andrew Goldsworthy,” she said. “Another of my favorites was asking the students to recreate a famous work of art by posing like it. This activity has been popular across the country thanks to the Getty Museum Challenge.”

Check out the images to see what MCSD elementary students have been creating during the school closure.

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Woodbury second-grader Theodore Lewis recreates Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” (left) and Anson third-grader Hannah Klaas gives her rendition of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Lady with an Ermine” painting.