There was plenty to celebrate on the 20th anniversary of the Annual Middle School Art Exhibition. From sculpture to cut paper, monoprint to colored pencil, gallery goers had more than 70 pieces of artwork to enjoy.
This exhibition represented seven schools and illustrated the wide variety of materials and techniques that our students can explore in their art classes. It also afforded these young artists the chance to have their artwork displayed in a professional gallery space.
Born in Korea, Jaeryung’s family moved to Tallahassee last year.
While she has always taken art classes in school, she notes some differences between the two countries. “In Korea, they teach us about art but we have to do it by ourselves. Here, they actually teach us how to do it and we have all kinds of materials. In Korea we have to bring our own materials.”
Mackenzie Wilhelm, a Deerlake eighth-grader, also took home an award for her artwork and she is equally energized by access to unique materials.
“In art, I get to enjoy projects that I wouldn’t be able to do otherwise because I have a bunch of materials that I didn’t even know existed. We’re currently doing a basket weaving project and we’re using core,” a stiff, rope-like material that provides a sturdy structure for basketry.
In addition to gaining experience with specialized materials and techniques, Mackenzie realizes that she is acquiring other skills that will allow her to more nimbly navigate her interactions with others. “One skill that you end up learning in the art room is how to give your opinion on someone’s project but in a nice way. You’re not just saying ‘I don’t like your project,’ but you’re giving a reason why and how you believe they could improve it.”
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