Art News at Exeter-Milligan
By Lisa Kanode, K-12 Art Instructor
The semester is coming to an end as is 2017 and I would like to say it has been an exceptional one for Exeter-Milligan’s art department. The second year in the new addition at the Exeter site so we have settled in with supplies tucked away and labeled so they are easy to get to and use. Two sinks has provided us with quick, efficient clean up so we can use up every minute of the class time we have available and with the large windows providing natural light we not only have a better environment to work in, we have also shown our school spirit with some window painting that can be seen from the street.
With Art I-IV now offered at the high school level we have 22 students sharing their talents with me as they explore different mediums and techniques. From creating realistic park drawings and taking photographs of our beautiful world to abstract painting and glass mosaics, the kids have been introduced to a number of ideas and creativity challenges. Their work is always being displayed in the display areas of our school as well as in the high school library. It seems as soon as a new display goes up, they are getting positive feedback on their work. I can’t express how impressed I am with this group of artists. For the most part they work hard, listen well, willing to try again if they first do not see the results they want, and they follow through with their ideas.
In February some of the artwork will be submitted into the GFWC local art contest. In the past we have had many pieces go on to Districts and State from this contest and the recognition for our students has been very positive and encouraging for our students.
K-6th graders have art one day a week for 40-45 minutes and they have really been working hard as my expectations with them are always high. I will extend a project a few weeks if that is what it takes to give everyone time to complete their work. Sometimes students that miss a day of art or if they take more time to complete their work will still finish before moving on the next project. You will be able to see a display of their work if you attend the K-6 Winter Concert in Exeter at 7:00 on December 14. I am very proud of their efforts and know they are proud of their work too
Picture: November artist of the month is a shared recognition for both Alexis Uldrich and Kaitlyn Vavra.