School's Art Extravaganza is a thing of beauty


March 15, 2000|By Heather Tepe | Heather Tepe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ON FRIDAY, children at Pointers Run Elementary School spent the day working on arts and crafts. Organized by art teachers Lisa Huriaux and Pamela Lennon, Art Extravaganza is an annual tradition at the school.

"I once participated in a day like this as an art education student at Centennial Lane Elementary School, where I demonstrated weaving," Huriaux said. "I was so enthralled by the whole idea, I thought, `When I get to be an art teacher, I'm doing this.' "

So, for the past nine years, Pointers Run schoolchildren have spent one full day immersed in art. Pupils rotate through activities tied into their grade's curriculum.

Matthew Kim, 6, joined his classmates in kindergarten making ant prints by dipping their fingers into black paint and pressing them on white paper.

The children had learned that ants have three body parts and live in anthills. Matthew's picture showed a crowded colony traveling through tunnels.

"We're making Indian pouches like the Native Americans used," said 9-year-old Jason Zavis. Jason and others in Barbara Kanfee's fourth-grade classroom used yarn, twine, brown paper and beads to fashion the pouches, which tied in with their unit on Native Americans in the Colonial era.

Fourth-graders also were busy practicing stencil techniques in Patty Jannetti's classroom. Parent volunteer Susan Levi said, "The idea is that in the Colonial times, they wouldn't have actually had wallpaper, so they might have used stencils to decorate their walls."

Levi brought examples of Colonial designs, stencils, brushes and tempera paint for the project.

Using construction paper, pipe cleaners and plastic eyes, Amy Kim, 9, followed the directions of Lauren Pierce, 17, Shannon Hadley, 16, and Laura Boetcher, 16, from River Hill High School, to make a crab-shaped hat.

Art Honor Society students from the high school developed at least one activity per grade level and helped the younger pupils complete their projects. River Hill High art teacher Barry Hoskins enlisted the help of 40 students to help with Art Extravaganza.

Students in Lisa Stehman's classroom redesigned the Maryland state flag. Nine-year-old Todd Grossman's flag incorporated black-eyed Susans and red, white and blue stripes.

For the seventh year, Bob Robbins, Lisa Huriaux's father, shared his knowledge of watercolor techniques with the children. Although Robbins has been painting for 35 years, he said, "I really didn't start to get serious with it until 10 years ago."

A resident of Pikesville, Robbins is retired from a career in advertising and paints full-time. He sells his work at local art shows and brought examples of his paintings, including watercolors of lighthouses and sailboats.

Schoolchildren learned how to make foliage on a tree with watercolors and a sponge. They also learned how to scrape wet paint with a stick to depict grass swaying in the wind.

Robbins said he enjoys working with children. "They get such a kick out of it, and I do, too," he said.

Ten-year-old Doug Carpenter loved the watercolor demonstration. "Mr. Robbins makes everything fun," he said. "I learned a lot."

More than 150 parent volunteers prepared materials and assisted the children in projects during the day.

"I'm most thankful to the PTA and the school's administration for their support to make the day a success," Huriaux said.

Skate into spring

The Columbia Figure Skating Club will present its spring show, "Swing into Spring with Music Music Music," on April 1 and 2 at the Columbia Ice Rink, 5876 Thunder Hill Road. The program features music from the 1940s through the 1990s.

Two shows will be held each day, starting at 1 p.m. and 4: 30 p.m. The show lasts about two hours.

West Columbia skaters who will participate in the show are Nicole Battisti, Amy Beier, Alicia Brands, Jake Brody, Amanda Freishtat, Emily Friedenberg, Gabrielle Friedenberg, Jennifer Liu, Jamie O'Donnell, Alyssa Perrone, Brennah Rosenthal, Carolyn Savoldelli, Loren Scolaro, Sarah Smith, Lindsay Sperling, Cassandra Tarash, Kristen Tessmer, Caryl, Pamela and Rachel Winter, Melanie Wolvovsky and Kathleen Yoo.

Tickets are $8.50; children younger than 3 get in free. Shows tend to sell out.

Information: 410-461-9948.

WLHS students shine

Wilde Lake High School students representing the Maryland Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement program (MESA) participated in a mathematics contest sponsored by the National Society of Black Engineers.

The contest was held last month at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Dane Brown, NaShanta Ellerbe and Micah Hawkins won first place in a contest that tests students individually and then as a team in a quiz bowl competition.

Wilde Lake High students Beth Baniszewski and Stephen Waddy also participated in the competition.

The students were mentored by Wilde Lake High School teachers Marie Boston and Karen Manns.

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