Students encounter art in extravaganza

May 02, 1994|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Sun Staff Writer

Ten-year-old Jason Thurman was in distress.

"Help! My hair is falling off!" cried the Pointers Run Elementary School fourth-grader, as a patch of blue shag carpet and telephone wire "hair" slid off the top of the yellow mask he was making. "Can I have a stapler?"

He got help from James Briggs, a student in Towson State University's art education program and a helper in Jason's classroom, who found glue to salvage the hair.

Both were participants in the third annual Art Extravaganza Day at the Clarksville elementary school.

The event gave 24 Towson State University art education students and 44 Mount Hebron High School art students a chance to earn credit and gain teaching experience. It also allowed the 530 elementary students to dabble in clay, paints and other media.

"So far, I'm having a blast," Mr. Briggs said. "The kids are wonderful."

In his workshop, "Masks Around the World," Mr. Briggs told students how to create art from household supplies. Jason and the other 14 students seemed to grasp that idea.

Jason made a mask out of yellow construction paper, gluing on two pieces of egg carton and red buttons for eyes, and a toilet paper tube for a nose.

"I like art because I can use my imagination," he said.

Among the Towson students who took part was Michelle Bloom, 47. She spent eight years working for Frederick County government before deciding to enter the Towson art education program. She is in her third year of the five-year program.

"It's been the love of my life," she said.

Jane Bates, coordinator of Towson's art education program, said Friday was her students' first teaching experience.

They had to prepare lesson plans and focus on a particular artist or culture so the children could learn while having fun.

"It's just a great day for the kids," said Lisa Robbins, a Pointers Run art teacher. "They will remember this day."

Ms. Robbins, a Towson alumna, created the daylong event. "It's a good way for me to give back to Towson State University," she said. "I really feel the reason why I'm teaching now is because of the excellent program at Towson."

Friday, the elementary students toted white shopping bags filled with art supplies from one 45-minute workshop to another.

At the "Rousseau Jungle" workshop, students learned about French artist Henri Rousseau, known for his jungle paintings and landscapes.

Their instructor, Kathryn Seck, 17, of Mount Hebron said the students seemed to understand Rousseau's method.

"I think, for the most part, they are getting the concept, but some [students] were making nuclear explosions," Kathryn said.

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