Good drawing goes far for 'Dream Makers' SOUTHWEST -- Mount Airy * Woodbine * Taylorsville * Winfield

January 29, 1993|By Greg Tasker | Greg Tasker,Staff Writer

Scott Philips doesn't hesitate to tell people he's a "good drawer." But even the first-grader expressed surprise that his illustration of a monster has won accolades in the art world.

"I'll tell my parents when I get home," said the Mount Airy 7-year-old after learning he will compete in regional competition. "They don't know yet."

Scott is one of three Winfield Elementary School students whose art will compete in the "Crayola Dream Makers Program" regional contest. The event is sponsored by Binney-Smith, manufacturer of Crayola products.

The other winning Winfield students are second-grader Crystal Schwartzbeck of Winfield and first-grader Lisa Heinrich of Taylorsville.

"I was surprised to have three winners -- I was surprised to have that many from one school," said Cristina Manelli, Winfield's art teacher. "I didn't see the rest of the body of work submitted, but I thought these kids did well."

The students' artwork will be on display at the Cloisters Children's Museum beginning April 10. Also on exhibit will be student work from Mount Washington Elementary and Lombard Middle schools in Baltimore and Bel Air Elementary in Harford County.

Ms. Manelli, who also teaches art at Mount Airy Elementary School, said she submitted works from nine Winfield students at the urging of a college friend, who works at the Cloisters Children's Museum.

The students and their parents will receive an invitation to the exhibit's opening, Ms. Manelli said. Their work will be displayed along with other entries from Winfield and other Baltimore area schools.

Then Winfield's winning entries will travel to a juried exhibit in New Jersey. Selected works will be chosen for a traveling exhibit that will go to colleges and universities. Fourteen works from four metropolitan areas have been chosen for the juried exhibit.

Students whose work is selected for the traveling exhibit will receive a plaque and a reproduction of their work, Ms. Manelli said.

"I think that will be a nice prize for these kids," she said.

The Dream Maker's competition introduced children to visual art technique through the use of crayons, markers, paints and pencils. Artworks were to reflect on how different cultures lived, worked and played through the ages.

L The winning Winfield art was more or less along those lines.

Scott, for instance, submitted an illustration made of black construction paper, chalk and white paint. His work illustrated a sentence he wrote: "My monster is bad."

Ms. Manelli said Scott's artwork was inspired by a classroom reading of "Where the Wild Things Are," a Maurice Sendak story about a mischievous boy who, after being sent to his room, imagines an adventure with monsters.

Seven-year-old Crystal created a watercolor painting of autumn leaves, using watercolors and crayons.

Lisa also used watercolors and crayons to make what Ms. Manelli described as "animals showing texture," which means that people who touch the 6-year-old's porcupine get the feel of the real thing.

"They all turned out very nice," Ms. Manelli said. "I think these students are really creative. I usually set up criteria and they come up with different solutions. That's what makes every artist stand out."

"I think these students take some risks," she added.

Crystal, for instance, used a dry brush when painting her scene.

"She didn't use a lot of water with her watercolor paints," Ms. Manelli said. "I think her painting turned out very nice."

The Dream Makers program is part of Binney-Smith's efforts to encourage creative behavior by providing direct support to schools.

The Easton, Pa., firm donated money to children's museums across the country, which allowed them to buy materials for participating schools.

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