Mount Hebron teacher wins art honor ELLICOTT CITY/ELKRIDGE

NEIGHBORS

December 14, 1992|By JEAN LESLIE

Mount Hebron High School is crowing about its award-winning teacher Mark Coates, who has been elected Maryland's Art Teacher of the Year.

Mr. Coates will be honored at an award presentation during an April national convention in Chicago.

A resident of Baltimore City, Mr. Coates is a painter of urban landscapes who recently has shown his work at the professional gallery at the Howard County Board of Education, the Baltimore Life Gallery, and the Maryland Art Educators Association show at John Hopkins' Columbia campus.

Besides teaching art full-time at Mount Hebron, Mr. Coates also teaches figure drawing at Baltimore's Maryland Institute College of Art. He is particularly pleased that he has just been invited to teach young artists in a pilot program at the National Gallery of Art.

Mr. Coates encourages his teen-age students to take extra classes at the Maryland Institute and the Howard County Center for the Arts. He's particularly pleased that his students paint together on weekend excursions. They have also formed an Aesthetic Awareness Society, an art league that meets regularly to provide a forum where students can discuss issues they wouldn't have a chance to otherwise.

Twelve Mount Hebron students plan to attend art colleges or institutes and pursue artistic careers.

Mr. Coates goes beyond a narrow focus on technical art skills and moves toward teaching the whole person.

He focuses on helping teen-agers to make a personal statement through their art.

"The art provides a catalyst for heightening self-awareness, who they are as people," he said.

To achieve this goal, extensive writing journals are required to help the students to interpret their work and to establish a strong verbal/visual connection.

Mr. Coates enables students not only to create art, but also to TTC evaluate and analyze art (and themselves) through portfolio assessment.

A final message from Mr. Coates to his students: "You do wonderful stuff and I'm extremely proud of you."

We could say the same to Mr. Coates. Congratulations for work well done.

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The Howard County School of Technology will hold an "Open Green House" from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Student horticulturists will be selling gardenias, poinsettias, Christmas cactus, cyclamen and other plant products.

For more information, call the school at 313-6989.

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At the Dec. 3 meeting of the Columbia Hills/Meadowbrook Farms Community Association, President Kathy Hartman announced that all residents of Dapple and Pinto courts might want to be involved in ongoing plans for highway berms.

The purpose of the berms is to decrease the level of noise and motor exhaust resulting from the proximity of Route 100 to their homes.

The State Highway Administration has indicated cooperation with homeowners affected by the coming highway and openness to suggestions on the placement of berms.

Ms. Hartman urges Dapple Court homeowners to contact her for the names and addresses of public officials who are involved in these decisions. Her phone number is in the community directory.

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The Mount Hebron High PTSA will meet tonight at 7:30 in the Media Center.

Tonight's guest speaker is Deborah Davis of Howard Community College, who will speak on "Financial Aid College Information for the '93-'94 School Year," and will address recent changes in financial aid for college students.

A question-and-answer period will follow her presentation.

The information may prove to be very helpful to parents and prospective college students, who are urged to attend.

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Do you have small children in your family? If you'd like them to see the "Nutcracker," but you're not sure they will enjoy the ballet, try going to the "Nutcracker, A Holiday on Ice," which runs at the Columbia Ice Rink at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Call 730-3760 for directions.

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Tonight, Historic Waverly on Marriottsville Road will have a Candlelight Open House from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Each room has been beautifully decorated by a local garden club to celebrate the season.

Participating garden clubs are Branch and Twig, Cattail River, Cross Country, Dorsey Hall, Evergreen, Green Briar, Howard County and St. Louis Garden Clubs.

Waverly has an interesting past. According to Maggie Brown of the county executive's office, the mansion sits on Daniel Carroll's original plot of land, which he dubbed "The Mistake." He later sold the land to John and Sophie Dorsey, who built the main portion of the house from 1756-1764.

In 1786, they sold the house to Revolutionary War hero Col. John Eager Howard, who gave the property to his son, George Eager Howard, on the occasion of his marriage to Prudence Ridgely.

George Howard later served as governor of Maryland.

In 1814 "The Mistake" was renamed "Waverly" after the then-popular novel "Waverly" by Sir Walter Scott.

I attended this open house last year with my daughter. It is very well done, and Waverly decked out in its holiday best is certainly worth your evening. Light refreshments are served.

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