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District 47 celebrates excellence in the arts

  • Hundreds of works of art were on display April 23 in the Benton Middle School Gymnasium and Commons.

    Hundreds of works of art were on display April 23 in the Benton Middle School Gymnasium and Commons.
    Courtesy of Jennifer Fitzpatrick

  • Fourth-grader Emaline Collins peeks over her large-scale self-portrait at the K-8 Art Show April 23 in the Benton Middle School Gym and Commons.

    Fourth-grader Emaline Collins peeks over her large-scale self-portrait at the K-8 Art Show April 23 in the Benton Middle School Gym and Commons.
    Courtesy of Jennifer Fitzpatrick

  • 'Outstanding' artist Alyssa Dawson displays a ceramic replica of the wildly popular breakfast food 'Avocado Toast' at the K-8 Art Show April 23 in the Benton Middle School Gym and Commons.

    'Outstanding' artist Alyssa Dawson displays a ceramic replica of the wildly popular breakfast food 'Avocado Toast' at the K-8 Art Show April 23 in the Benton Middle School Gym and Commons.
    Courtesy of Jennifer Fitzpatrick

 
Submitted by Jennifer Fitzpatrick
K-4 Art, Benton Grade School
updated: 5/1/2019 6:45 PM

Hundreds of students and family members came out for the annual K-8 Spring Art Show April 23 at the Benton Middle School Gymnasium and Commons.

The show represented a wide variety of media, including ceramics, textiles, painting, drawing, photography and sculpture. A second show of just kindergarten work is at the Benton Public Library. It will be on display through the second week of May.

Middle school art students had the responsibility of curating their own display boards and writing their own artist statements. Art is considered a "core" subject in Illinois. Arts standards call for students to be able to select art works for presentation, in addition to being able to "analyze and interpret" them.

Middle school students were recognized for excellence with ribbons awarded by visiting judges. Guest judges for the exhibit were art teachers Annika Kolbo and Jim Eldridge from Benton Consolidated High School, as well as retired art teacher Gary Messersmith. Works by Alyssa Dawson, Mia Wills and Emilee Page were recognized as "outstanding" by the judges.

Students in kindergarten through fourth grade had work selected throughout the year from a variety of projects to showcase the scope of content covered in the K-4 curriculum. One student from each grade level received a "Certificate of Excellence" for their effort and attention to quality throughout the year. Award winners for this year were Giselle Dunagan (kindergarten), Mason Wilce (first grade), Camilla Frattini (second grade), Isabella Miller (third grade) and Sawyer Thomas (fourth grade).