Lining the halls

EES students share love of art with community

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry Emily Youngberg’s watercolor Genius Hour Project is on display at the Eisenhower Elementary School Art Show and Arts Night. For more photos, see page D5.

There were hundreds of visitors at Eisenhower Elementary School on Thursday and even more works of art lining the halls.

The Art Show and Arts Night was a showcase intended to share the love of art.

Art teacher Jessica McElhaney said there were about 500 works on display Thursday. They were the products of the 350 students in her 16 classes.

Not all of the art was made in advance by the students.

There were art experience tables for students and adults alike.

At one, artists of many ages made artist trading cards. Artists were encouraged to make a card and take another.

In the crayon melting shapes area, visitors used pencil sharpeners to make crayon shavings in colors of their choices. The shavings went on wax paper and were melted by assistants using an iron. The colorful creations could then be cut into shapes for the artists to keep.

Student faces could be photographed in the Scream or as a Little Knight.

“I had one student tell me, ‘I came for the art experience tables,'” McElhaney said. “I love that they love it as much as I do.”

Several visiting artists — Ellen Paquette, Marian Aranyos, Kate Kiser, Barb Walczak, Celia Knapp, Debbie Penley — worked on and talked about their pieces at the show. Representatives of Crary Art Gallery and Icky & Ink also shared information with visitors.

Ceramic artist Emily Stowe used Skype to visit the show and demonstrate her work. McElhaney said students at every grade level have made ceramic art this year.

“I’m excited,” McElhaney said. “I think it’s going really well.”

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