Clarksville Elementary teacher honored


October 29, 1998|By Geri Hastings | Geri Hastings,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THIS HAS been an exciting month for Laurie Basham.

First, 30 of her pastels were exhibited in a one-woman show at the Ten Oaks Gallery in Clarksville.

Included in the show were Basham's landscapes, depicting such sites as the town of New Market and the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, and her drawings of the interiors of nearby bed and breakfasts.

Then, on Friday, during a ceremony at Towson University, the Clarksville Elementary School art teacher was honored by the Maryland Art Education Association.

Basham -- who has been teaching art in Howard County for 13 years, eight of them at Clarksville Elementary -- received the association's 1998 Outstanding Visual Arts Educator Award.

Clarksville Elementary Principal Brad Herling describes Basham as a very popular teacher whose enthusiasm for art evokes similar feelings in her students.

"She is a very creative teacher who really works at challenging students," Herling said. "Basham is always developing new and exciting ways to present the curriculum."

Basham says, "I get so excited when I teach art. I learn so much from my students. I get goose bumps when I see their work."

She tells her first-graders not to be afraid of art. Giving each child a piece of paper with a scribble mark on it, Basham urges the children: "If you don't like what you do, change it into something new."

This is her motto in art and in life.

"Skills students learn in art can be applied in every part of their lives," she says. "They must learn how to take risks."

Basham worries that children who think they have no artistic ability will give up on art. So she focuses on proving to her students that they are capable of succeeding.

"Children need not be the next Van Gogh to see things like an artist does," Basham said. "If children can write the alphabet, they can draw. The angles and relationships among the lines in letters are all part of art."

Basham lives in New Market with her husband, Charlie, and sons Sean, 9, and Leo, 7.

Her 12-year-old stepson, Sean, spends time there, too.

Basham has exhibited her work at Westminster's June exhibition "Art in the Park" and at the home of Clarksville's PTA vice president, Maria Gordon.

Visitors to Clarksville Elementary School have been so impressed with Basham's work that they have tried to purchase the paintings that adorn the walls of her office.

Basham's students are showing their work through Saturday at Sandy Spring National Bank in Clarksville.

Included in the exhibition is work by first-graders Davis Ancona, Rebecca Butterfield, Anthony Ellinger, Alexa Green, Stefanie Muller, Caroline Murray, Nicole Presti, Martin Proulx and Britton Taylor; second-graders Alex Bailey, Hannah Brown, Cheyenne Falat and Kathy Thornton; third-graders Robert Aronoff, Trazahra Branham, Tyler Burroughs, Katie Garbis, Kenny Kim, Katie Nord, Payum Shakoorzadeh, Laura Spence, Marissa Stallings, Edgar Wagner, Lauren Westerlund and Jerry Wu.

Troop news

Clarksville Boy Scout Troop 737 held elections and made appointments during its September meeting.

New officers, who will hold their new positions for the next six months, include senior patrol leader Adam Corbett; instructor Noud Van Stekelenburg; scribe Mark Van Stekelenburg; historian Jeremy Kraeuter; quartermaster Chris Black; librarian David Logan; chaplain's aide Chris Plumley; Eagle patrol leader Sean Wilburn; Falcon patrol leader Keegan Malone; Panther patrol leader David Borys; and Dragon patrol leader Johnny Miller.

Parties galore!

Halloween is almost upon us, and parties are planned.

Tomorrow, from 7 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m., Poplar Springs United Methodist Church will hold a Halloween Party for children and adults. The church is at 915 W. Watersville Road, Mount Airy.

If you are intrigued by the idea of a concert with a Halloween theme, plan to attend a free performance by the Navy Band at 7: 30 p.m. tomorrow in the River Hill High School auditorium.

The River Hill High School Music Boosters, which is sponsoring the concert, is excited about having such a high-quality group perform at the school. No tickets or reservations are necessary.

At 6: 30 p.m. Monday, join the Manor Woods PTA for a "Program of Stories and Poems for Children."

Teachers and school staff members will read selections from children's literature.

At 7: 30 p.m., a music program will be presented by students in the Manor Woods Super Ensemble.

Both events will be at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, in the Long Gate shopping center on Route 103, Ellicott City.

Bring the children, browse the bookshelves and enjoy the entertainment.

No need to get up early for school Tuesday. It's Election Day.

Pub Date: 10/29/98

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