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Students explore their creativity

Armed with an array of colors in many forms - dyes, paint, food coloring and chalk - Cracker Trail Elementary fifth-graders created works of art big and small Wednesday during the school’s Day of Art program.

About 140 fifth-graders spent about one hour at each of the four art stations - chalk art and tie dye T-shirts, outside, and tile painting/glazing and color wheel food coloring, inside.

Teacher Ian Belanger noted that art day is funded with money collected from the Highlands County Tax Collector’s Tag Art program.

He described the chalk art project.

“They are doing five giant pieces of art work,” he explained. “They are taking something that is about 3 inches by 3 inches and making it about 3 feet by 3 feet so it is like a big mosaic.”

Each student was working on recreating a section of a well-known art work such as an Andy Warhol inspired Cambell soup can. When finished, all the sections combined represent the complete art work.

Fifth-grader Cheynne Middleton described the tile project.

“We make tiles and just put our own designs on them and then they are going to be glazed,” she said. “We are doing it for our Tag Art day so we just made our tiles and designed them the way we wanted to.”

Middleton described her tile design.

“I did a teepee and put teepees around it and put my initials in it,” she said.

Teacher Shawna Warren told a group of students there were numerous ways to make tie-dye T-shirts.

She pointed out T-shirts that were drying on hangers on the chain-link fence.

“There are starburst patterns,” she said and then pointed out a particular shirt. “See it’s green and blue, there’s white, yellow, red, blue; right, you see that one; it looks pretty funky; I’ll teach you how to do that one.”

Warren showed the students how to twist sections of the T-shirts and wrap them in thick rubber bands to make patterns when they are dipped in dye.

In describing how to make a starburst pattern, Warren said: “This is the really, really important part - if you want any white to show and give you that pattern, you have to make this rubber band tight, tight, tight so it almost breaks.”

A student commented, “I might need help to do this.”

Warren replied, “You will get help.”

While the students worked outside carefully dipping the T-shirts in the dye and twisting them, other students sneaked a little taste of frosting inside while they added food coloring to frosting to make a color wheel with vanilla wafers.


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