Ferndale Elementary student's Japanese art wins a spot at House of Delegates in Annapolis


March 04, 1996|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

"CONGRATULATE me," said Jeffrey Kelly when his mother came to pick him up from school one day earlier this year.

Nine-year-old Jeff couldn't wait to show her the letter announcing that his artwork was chosen for display at the Anne Arundel delegation room in the House of Delegates building in Annapolis.

The show of selected artwork from county schools opened in January and will continue through mid-April.

For Jeff, a fourth-grader at Ferndale Elementary School, the project combined his social studies class' study of Japan with his art class' study of Japanese print-making.

Although many materials are used for print-making, art teacher Linda Rhinehart chose the styroplate technique. Foam shapes, cardboard tubes and paper towels are covered with paint and then used to imprint designs on paper prepared with a watercolor wash. Japanese calligraphy is then applied to the artwork.

Jeff said he prepared his paper with yellow, orange and blue for the background. He painted his bamboo shoots brown and printed two black birds on branches. The Japanese characters painted down the left side of his 8-by-12-inch print translates to "Men Good," said Jeff. "I didn't have the Japanese word for 'are'."

Third-graders chose Jeff's as the best of six prints to send to the Annapolis display.

Jeff is the son of Sharon and Jeff Kelly.

Snappy Tappers to perform

Members of Chapter 2244 of the American Association of Retired Persons will be entertained by the Snappy Tappers at the 1 p.m. meeting Thursday at St. John Lutheran Church.

Through skits and dancing, the Tappers will take everyone back to the 1940s and 1950s. The group inclueds women between the ages of 65 and 83.

The business meeting follows the show. Board members will meet at 11:30 a.m.

Chapter members are reminded that yearly dues must be paid by the meeting or they will be dropped from the rolls.

For information, call Helen Del Brocco, publicity chairwoman, at 789-1588.

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