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Jacks Valley Elementary student art on display

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Vivian Evangelista, 5, a kindergartner at Jacks Valley Elementary school paints a gingerbread house at the school's art show on Tuesday night.
Jim Grant | The Record-Courier

It was a fairytale evening at Jacks Valley Elementary School Tuesday night. Families went to see their children’s art on display and to participate in activities centered around the theme of fairytales.

There were over 1,100 pieces of art on display made by 390 students, kindergarten through 5th grade. Characters and settings from famous tales were made with a wide variety of art supplies and techniques. The elementary art program seeks to enrich curriculum by allowing students to express themselves visually and creatively through artistic thought and action.

“The art program had a budget of $150 for supplies this semester,” said teacher Cindy Patmont. “That breaks down to 33 cents per student. Without the donations I have received from outside sources, it would not have been possible. The Big Bad Wolf was made with recycled newspaper, the Ugly Duckling collages used scrap paper as did the Red Riding Hood characters. Painted paper helped give the Tortoise and Hare collages a variety of contrasting colors. Even with a small budget I was able to expose the students to a variety of materials and techniques. I’m very happy with the art created this semester at Jacks Valley. We are very lucky to have art classes in our elementary schools.”

Patmont said students are building a foundation of art knowledge and skills by learning and practicing through the elements of art and principles of design.

“The evening was well attended,” said Patmont. “I watched students show off their work to their parents with pride. I couldn’t ask for a better response than that. Thanks to all those who helped make this evening a success.”