Students give fifth-graders art lessons


May 03, 1999|By Lisa Breslin | Lisa Breslin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ART LESSONS AT Charles Carroll Elementary School had an unusual twist this year when six members of Westminster High School's National Art Honor Society (NAHS) planned minilessons (complete with crafts) about four artists.

One week each month from February through April, NAHS volunteers traveled to the elementary school and spent the day teaching kindergarten through fifth-grade pupils about Vincent van Gogh, Faith Ringgold and Alison and Bettye Saar.

"Students teaching students worked well," said NAHS volunteer Liz Sexton. "This program was a great way for kids to hear about artists, their history, their styles and their techniques long before high school."

The elementary school pupils dabbled with the short hash-mark style of van Gogh, created a quilt bigger than the wall in the art room after learning about Ringgold, and made sculptures from piles of junk after lessons about the Saars.

"Usually parents have helped out with lessons like these," said Mary Munday, who has been the art teacher at Charles Carroll Elementary for seven years. "This is the first time we have worked with high school students. I was shocked that they could find the time to come in. The students loved listening to them."

Munday selected the artists that NAHS volunteers discussed each week, but she left the lesson plans and craft ideas to them.

"We quickly learned that the students were more interested in the things they could touch," said Jessica Boyd, vice president and secretary for the high school's NAHS. "I think that they enjoyed our activities because they were at their level and they could understand even some of the hard facts about each of these artists."

"My favorite part was working with the children and seeing how creative they could be when we ask them to sculpt with a pile of junk," said Jessica Green, NAHS treasurer and president elect. "The children could relate to us in a different way; they asked us a lot of questions about high school, too."

NAHS volunteers who participated in the presentations were Jessica Boyd, Jenn Carrel, Liz Sexton, Chasity Hare, Dianna Scott, Jessica Green and Ashley Purdum.

Basketball fun

The West Middle School Student Government Association's second faculty-student basketball game pulled in a large crowd and approximately $1,300 for the Grant A Wish Foundation last week.

More than 300 people piled into the gymnasium to watch the teachers win their pride back after last year's loss to the student team.

"It's a great event. Everyone works hard to pull it off; everyone has fun, and we earned money for a great cause," said Judi Clark, a science teacher at West Middle and one of the SGA faculty advisers.

The Grant A Wish Foundation is a Baltimore-based organization that provides wishes for children under age 18 who are terminally ill.

Teachers who played in this year's game were Tom Berry, Greg Elliott, Steve Brownley, Ed Williar, Brad Hebble, Carroll Staggs, Melanie Fleischer, Kathleen Booth, Julie Weir, Deanna Payne, Gina Hughes, Fran McCullin, Sharon Broemsen and Marcus Gates. Ron Fish was referee.

Student team members were Beth Walsh, Julie Twigg, Johanna Horton, Jill Barbe, Jen Berkow, Ashli Krug, Brittany Beck, Lindsay Leese, Aubrey Kujan, Chris Grove, Andrew Gackenbach, Tommy Hunter, Shawn Wynne, Brian Timchula, Jared Imhoff, Lonnie Mazza, Stephen Miller, Tony Patterson, Kadie Thomas, Matt Buckman, Mike Schultheis and Sean McGrew.

"This was the last of several events for the Student Government Association, and it was a great way to wrap things up," said Clark.

Lisa Breslin's Central neighborhood column appears each Monday in the Carroll County edition of the Sun.

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