Saturday, December 16, 2017

Exeter-Milligan Update: Art Department

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.

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