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Art Toon for the week of 3-11-2019

Well, I was hoping to be able to write about several winners at a couple of art contests last week, but I couldn’t because none of my students placed in either show. While I was disappointed, please do not see that comment above as “crying over the proverbial spilt milk”,  because I always tell my students that a “smart and talented person always learn more from their failures than they ever do from their successes”.  Well, even I have to admit that is a little lame and very old fashioned as clichés go; because  In today’s daily life, I think a lot of people sees not winning as a failure and a loss and that’s final.   I just can’t give up that easy, I wasn’t raised that way and won’t teach my students to be that way.  I guess I am a bit old fashioned but nevertheless; I believe failing should make you mad enough to try harder.  

I think what might make the above comment more palatable to myself, my readers and to my art classes is to restate it as follows… “when a student fails (or anyone for that matter), how they handle that failure and what they do next is what determines whether they really lost or won.”   Several of my students were aggravated with not placing with pieces that they thought they should have won prizes for.   Instead of just sitting around and moping about it, those students got a bit mad and came out fighting.  It has been a few years since I had students who would come up to the school on their days off and work several hours to finish or improve a piece of their artwork.  Several of my kids not only did this, but two of them also went with me to the museum in Woodward to make sure their pieces were displayed right.  

In one of those shows we lost, the Sutton Animal Conservation  Art Competition, I believe our artwork focused too much on being “pretty” pictures and not enough on what was happening to the lives of the animals they drew or painted.   Each student in this contest had to write a short theme about how the animals they drew were facing extinction or serious changes in their environment. All our entries rated well as pieces of art, but most of them did not focus enough on animals that truly facing extinction. Oh, well, I will push much harder next year on better research and more extensive stories to go with their art.  Right now, I and my students need to focus on what we can achieve NOW.

I believe we did just that. We not only did well in the Paul Luane Show in Woodward, we did exceptionally well!  We won 3 firsts, 1 second, 2 thirds and a whole plethora of honorable mentions. The first-place awards were won by Julia Linker, Cayden Syms, and Mary Causee.  Cayden also won a third-place prize, both awards were for his pottery.  Mary appears to be my best photographer this year, because she also won a second and an honorable mention.  Julia Linker won her first in Ink drawings with a scratchboard, and placed 2 honorable mentions with two other visual art pieces, one colored pencil drawing and one watercolor painting.  Hasanah Searcy placed a third for one of her colored drawings that she completed just before Christmas; while she is now in a different school, she definitely deserved this “win”. I will make sure she receives her ribbon and her prize money.

Also winning honorable mentions were Shea Echenrode, Evelyn Sturgill, Juliet Dowell, and Hope Lee.  These students were able to display their work, which is an honor in itself…Chandler Crissup, Emily Litner, and Rylei Kornele with 3 pieces.  As you all can see, Mooreland did exceptionally well and we are looking forward to several more shows before the end of school.

Before I end this Art Toon, I want to tell you about three students in particular.  While this student's sculpture was just accepted and didn't walk away with a prize, I am pretty sure it will somewhere.  Jacob Phillips worked many days on what we are calling his "Fountain of Lava". It is slightly over two feet wide, consisting of more than one part, is a combination pottery form using three styles of hand built ceramics and is a working fountain of bubbling red water. Cayden Syms also made a fountain and while it was not accepted this time: I am sure of that because of the amount of effort these boys put into their works and the ingenuity they showed creating these pieces, SOMEONE IS GOING TO NOTICE. I also wanted to mention Evelyn again, because she not only came in several hours on her own time, her unique God's Eye is almost 4 feet tall, is made of two Ojo-Dejos and has 11 handmade pompoms attached to it.  

Well, I have grades to give and chores to complete, so I guess I will end for this week by wishing you all an aesthetically pleasing week and a pleasant end to Winter, Robert Beatley.

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