From odds and ends to art


December 18, 1997|By Sally Buckler | Sally Buckler,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

GIVE KIDS at Lisbon Elementary School some old trash, and they'll turn it into art.

Under the leadership of art teacher Leonore Pisano, children at the school turned cast-off odds and ends into a 4-foot-tall, 7-foot-long dragon, which graces the lobby of the Lisbon Branch of Sandy Spring National Bank.

Last year, for the fifth straight year, Pisano arranged for an artist-in-residence to spend time at the school.

Supported by a matching grant from the Howard County Arts Council and the Lisbon Parent Teacher Association, Mary Opasik spent eight days at Lisbon.

She is an "assemblage" artist who makes sculpture from found objects.

As they were deciding what to make, the fifth-graders who worked with Opasik began thinking of Greek and Roman mythology, which they were studying.

To make the sculpture, the students brought in surplus construction materials, old small appliances and furniture, beaded cushions, computer parts and anything else they could find.

With Opasik's guidance, they took the junk apart and began to build a dragon, with a single headboard -- covered with found and donated copper scales -- for a body.

The dragon's tail is fashioned from an electric garage door coil.

Its open mouth is made of armrests from a chair.

Opasik guided while the students decided what their dragon would look like.

After the first of the year, when the dragon will leave the bank, Pisano hopes to find a temporary setting for it in a museum, such as the Children's Museum in Baltimore.

Eventually, the dragon will find a permanent home in the cafeteria at Lisbon Elementary School, where it will appear to crawl from the ceiling.

Pisano's young artists are painting furniture for an auction next month. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the school and its fine arts department.

Lisbon Principal Lou Chillemi says Pisano fills her classroom with "marvelous activities that have substantial products. What she has the children do is incredible. They are learning skills in these neat activities that they will use their whole lives. I can't say enough good things about her."

River Hill celebrates

River Hill High School is celebrating. On its first Maryland state report card, River Hill received ratings of excellent in the 11 areas measured by the state, including the number of students passing functional tests, attendance and dropout rate.

River Hill is the first first-year school to be rated excellent in all areas on this report of academic progress based on the performance during the previous year.

River Hill Principal Scott Pfeifer credits River Hill students and the community -- as well as Atholton High School, Glenelg High School and all the feeder schools that have sent students to River Hill -- for this success.

He calls the successful report card a "celebration of the Howard County Public School System and its commitment to providing a quality education for all students."

Golden wedding

Mickey and June Ridgely of Poplar Springs will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary Saturday.

They were married Dec. 20, 1947.

On Nov. 22, they were guests of honor at a surprise party held by their daughters, Virginia Frank of Ellicott City, Teresa Cook of Westminster, Carole Stockhausen of Easton, Barbara Anania of New Windsor and their families.

4-H news

Dayton's 4-H Club held its December meeting and holiday celebration recently at Linden-Linthicum Church in Clarksville.

The club's new officers are: president, Darla Bouma; vice president, Andy White; treasurer, Tom Lazzari; corresponding HTC secretary, Laura Pabst; recording secretary, Anna Schlicht; reporter, Katherine Robinson; and historian, Bry Robinson.

Give blood

Give blood Monday between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church.

The Clarksville Lions Club encourages you to donate blood at this time of year, when the need is great.

The Lions hope to collect 50 pints of blood.

Information: 410-418-8376.

Artists in the neighborhood

If you're in Citizens National Bank in Clarksville, look for work by artists from Pointers Run Elementary School.

Second-graders Jerry Wu and Raquel Davis, third-grader Marissa Gass, and fourth-graders Michael Bouman, Joanne Cole and Kathleen McGinnis have their work on display.

Pointers Run students Sarah Cates, Grace Chaisson and Julia Shirley-Quirk are members of the Peabody's Children Chorus of Johns Hopkins University.

They performed in a concert Sunday.

Lisbon Elementary fourth-grader Angela Smith won third place at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Cheerleading Championship recently.

She is a member of the Trojan Junior Peewee Team of the Howard County Football Association.

Pub Date: 12/18/97

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