Students Infuse Art, Excitement
STUDENTS: Huber Says Art Displays Encourage Artists
Holly Huber’s turning point happened when she was just in seventh grade.
Artwork of a crushed up pop can featured a technique of shading about which Huber had recently learned. Her drawing was featured on the Crowder Quilt, and during a special ceremony, Huber was recognized for receiving honorable mention.
That point was the pinnacle. “I said to myself, ‘I’m an art person. That’s what I do.’ I never wanted to do anything else.”
That’s why the art teacher at White Rock Elementary School makes sure she showcases the creative work of the students, ranging in kindergarten through eighth grade.
The walls of the school, as well as the cafeteria, provide the backdrop for a variety of artwork. For instance, the cafeteria recently displayed a China exhibit with a 13-foot paper-mache dragon, which took a couple of months for students to create.
She also tag-teams with co-owner Gayla Baker at The Jane Store in Jane, which features rotating artwork.
From paintings to drawings to little owls fashioned out of pine cones, the artwork is featured at The Jane Store. Huber and Baker rotate the art exhibits about every two months.
Huber said having the art on display makes a huge impact on students. “Kids like to go out in public and see their art,” she said. “They really get excited.”
Baker says a recent display of art really surprised and amazed customers.
“People told me that they couldn’t believe the art was created by seventh- and eighth-graders,” Baker said. “They thought that high
“People told me that they couldn’t believe the art was created by seventh- and eighth-graders. They thought that high school students had made the art.” Gayla Baker The Jane Store
school students had made the art.”
The art display program is now in its third or fourth year, Huber said. In a year’s time, Huber showcases three or four classes at the store. At the school, Huber features “every single thing.”
In her 13th year of teaching and her eighth year in McDonald County, Huber has a special connection as a student-turned-teacher.
From her days of having art featured as a McDonald County student, Huber remembers what an impact art made for her.
If Huber didn’t have art to look forward to, “I would not have made it,” Huber said.
“I couldn’t wait for art class in school.”
Huber tries to find things to interest students. “As an artist, I look for things that interest me,” she said. In turn, her interest infuses excitement in the students as they create.
Huber strives to make students feel comfortable in her art class while meeting the state standards for teaching art.
Huber introduces lots of projects that are openended. Huber challenges her students to approach different ideas from a 3D or colored pencil perspective.
Sometimes, Huber plays music and has students paint the colors that they feel.
The Jane Store and the school’s walls are temporarily bare as Huber borrowed and displayed all the art at the recent Big 8 Art Show. But for the summer, Huber plans to decorate the school with special cut banners made from kindergartners’ colorful abstract art.
More artwork at The Jane Store will follow.
Knowing their artwork will be displayed definitely sets the stage for the students’ excitement, Huber says.
“It drives them to do better.”
Talented seventh-graders created these pieces of artwork which were on display in March at The Jane Store.
White Rock art teacher Holly Huber is passionate about sharing her students’ artwork for others to enjoy and appreciate. This painting features cool colors.