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  • Students in Heather Roddy’s art class at Jacobsville Elementary have been hard at work creating their masterpieces for the Art in our Schools exhibit at Mountain Road Library.
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    Students in Heather Roddy’s art class at Jacobsville Elementary have been hard at work creating their masterpieces for the Art in our Schools exhibit at Mountain Road Library.
  • Displayed at Mountain Road Library in March will be artwork of all subject matter and media, including a painting expressing a “creeped-out” mood by fifth-grader Dominic R., a depiction of a cardinal by fourth-grader Kaitlyn J., and a mixed-media portrait of a snowman by kindergartener Camilla C.
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    Displayed at Mountain Road Library in March will be artwork of all subject matter and media, including a painting expressing a “creeped-out” mood by fifth-grader Dominic R., a depiction of a cardinal by fourth-grader Kaitlyn J., and a mixed-media portrait of a snowman by kindergartener Camilla C.
  • Displayed at Mountain Road Library in March will be artwork of all subject matter and media, including a painting expressing a “creeped-out” mood by fifth-grader Dominic R., a depiction of a cardinal by fourth-grader Kaitlyn J., and a mixed-media portrait of a snowman by kindergartener Camilla C.
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    Displayed at Mountain Road Library in March will be artwork of all subject matter and media, including a painting expressing a “creeped-out” mood by fifth-grader Dominic R., a depiction of a cardinal by fourth-grader Kaitlyn J., and a mixed-media portrait of a snowman by kindergartener Camilla C.

Student Art Will Beautify Mountain Road Library In March

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February 22, 2017

Mountain Road Library will dedicate its March art exhibit to the elementary school students of the Chesapeake High School feeder system as part of a nationally celebrated program that is widely known as Art in Our Schools Month. Eighty to 100 pieces of student art from Bodkin, Jacobsville, Lake Shore and Pasadena elementary schools will be displayed in the library’s conference room from March 2 through March 28. An artists’ reception is planned for March 16.

“[This] is a national program in schools to recognize art and to bring awareness that art should stay part of the curriculum,” explained Jacobsville art teacher Heather Roddy, who coordinated the library showcase on behalf of the schools. “Art is an important part of the public school system.”

Roddy added that the county’s public schools have worked with local libraries to exhibit student art during Art in Our Schools Month for years.

“The program is an excellent way for the general public to see what is happening in the art rooms across our county,” Pasadena Elementary School art teacher Karen O’Boyle said. “The students get to see their artwork on display in a public setting instead of just hanging in the hallways at school. Their artwork is matted and labeled so it looks very professional. The students show so much pride in their artwork.”

Bodkin art teacher Jaclyn Cockcroft also praised the opportunity that is afforded to students. “It is a great way to showcase the achievements of our youth,” she said.

Roddy has selected 20 to 25 pieces of art that she will include in the show at the Mountain Road branch. She is including work from each grade, kindergarten through fifth. Snowman art created by kindergarten students will be featured. The young artists used mixed media to create their masterpieces. “We used paint, paper, glitter, sequins, and all kinds of stuff,” Roddy said.

Keeping with the winter theme, fourth-grade students will display winter cardinal paintings. They used tempera paint — a school-grade paint that is easy to use — and oil pastels for the art. The fifth-grade paintings Roddy chose for the show use lines, shapes and color to communicate a specific mood in nonobjective artwork.

O’Boyle estimates that the art of 16 students at Pasadena Elementary will be included in the exhibit. “I like to include a variety of projects from across all grade levels,” she explained. “Most projects are mixed media. There will be some drawings in colored pencils and chalk and paintings.”

The work of 20 students from Bodkin will be highlighted at the library. “I choose a variety of art to showcase the kind of art program that I offer at my school,” Cockcroft said. “I try to keep it up to date and full of color.”

The artists’ reception for students and families is scheduled for March 16 from 6:00pm until 7:30pm. The event is popular, and as many as 200 community members are expected to attend. Refreshments will be served, and students will be “stars of the show,” according to Roddy. “It gives the students a chance to exhibit their work in a public space. It builds their self-esteem,” she said.

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