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Area students art showcased in nationwide exhibit

POSTED: May 3, 2008 5:00 a.m.
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Identified only as Malina, this drawing gives many of the symbols associated with the Crescent City.

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Students at Brittin Elementary recently learned what it means to celebrate creativity, New Orleans style. Their efforts and creativity were honored and celebrated by art educators from around the nation.
Nancy Jackson, art teacher at the Fort Stewart school, responded to a call for artwork from Artsonia, an online museum where the school displays artwork. The call asked teachers to instruct a lesson on the city of New Orleans and then submit student artwork to an exhibit titled; New Orleans: Feast for the Eyes.  Topics could include everything from spicy Cajun food to the mystery of the voodoo beliefs.
"We had a lot of fun coming up with unique ideas for the exhibit after learning about a city so rich in culture, history and the arts," Jackson said.
The artwork was unveiled in New Orleans at the National Art Education Association Convention.  This year's New Orleans: Feast for the Eyes exhibit sets a record, becoming the largest collection of student artwork dedicated to the New Orleans. More than 10,000 pieces are now on display. Brittin submitted 251 pieces. Students at Hinesville's Waldo Pafford Elementary submitted 13 and Smiley Elementary students in Ludowici submitted 18.
You can see the work at www.artsonia.com/naea.
"As art educators, we are inspired on a daily basis by our own students' creativity," Bonnie Rushlow, NAEA president said. "Viewing a collection of 10,000 pieces honoring a city so rich in arts and culture has been a refreshing and inspiring addition to our convention this year."

 

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