Stu­dents In­fuse Art, Ex­cite­ment

STU­DENTS: Huber Says Art Dis­plays En­cour­age Artists

McDonald County Press - - FRONT PAGE - Sally Car­roll

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.”

On Dis­play

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.”

SALLY CAR­ROLL/MCDON­ALD COUNTY PRESS

Tal­ented sev­enth-graders cre­ated these pieces of art­work which were on dis­play in March at The Jane Store.

SALLY CAR­ROLL/ MCDON­ALD COUNTY PRESS

White Rock art teacher Holly Huber is pas­sion­ate about shar­ing her stu­dents’ art­work for oth­ers to en­joy and ap­pre­ci­ate. This paint­ing fea­tures cool col­ors.

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