Art Day lets pupils draw on classwork


April 09, 2001|By Karen Nitkin | Karen Nitkin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

PUPILS AT ROCKBURN Elementary School in Elkridge spent a day working on art projects as part of the school's third annual Art Day.

Art teacher Aileen Pugliese, who organizes the event each year, invited parent volunteers, art students from Howard High School and county art teachers to participate. Also involved were Susan Arciero, a children's book illustrator who lives in Silver Spring, and Elkridge resident Pat Pool, a quilter.

Rick Gardener, an art teacher at Howard High School, worked with Pugliese to send 17 students from the high school's art honor society to Rockburn for the day.

Art teachers Michell Salamony from Longfellow Elementary School and Patti Battaglia from Elkridge Landing Middle School also were involved.

The school's Art Day was held March 29 this year because March was national Youth Art Month, Pugliese said.

"All of the students throughout the entire school, from kindergarten through fifth grade, did art activities all day long," Pugliese said. "I assign[ed] these presenters, who are students from Howard High School, parent volunteers and local artists, to teach different activities."

Each grade created artwork based on a theme the children are studying, Pugliese said. First-graders are studying Mexico, so they made clay pinch pots and Mexican blankets. Kindergartners learned about lines, shapes and colors; second-graders focused on bugs and insects; third-graders learned about Japan; fourth-graders focused on Maryland; and fifth-graders made log cabins and quilts as part of their study of American westward expansion, Pugliese said.

Pugliese also set up the school's media center as an Italian restaurant, and served pizza, soft drinks and salads to the presenters.

More art education

Margie Eisenstein, art teacher at St. John's Lane Elementary School in Ellicott City, has been chosen as the state's Art Educator of the Year by the Maryland Art Education Association.

Eisenstein is active in the association and served as treasurer for the past seven years.

The award was presented March 17 in New York City, she said.

Walking event

Columbia Volksmarch Club will hold a walking event April 21 and 22 in the Mount Hebron section of Ellicott City.

A 10-kilometer trail with a shorter, 5-kilometer option will be held. The trail is mostly on sidewalks and road shoulders in quiet residential neighborhoods. Participants may walk at their own pace.

The event begins and ends at Mount Hebron High School, 9440 Route 99, Ellicott City. Participants may start between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m., and finish by 2 p.m.

Participants in the free walk must register at the beginning. Children younger than age 12 must be accompanied by an adult. A $2 fee will be charged for walkers who want International Federation of Popular Sports (IVV) credit.

Information: 410-313-8499 or Columbia.

Technology awards

Several Elkridge Landing Middle School pupils received awards at the seventh annual Howard County Technology Challenges Contest, held March 31 at Wilde Lake High School.

Eighth-graders Matt Grabowski and C.J. Dyson won first place for their project on magnetic levitation vehicles. Bradley Pryor and John Bauman, seventh-graders, won second place for their project on straw bridges.

More than 300 students in grades one through 12 competed in 15 ingenuity challenges.

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