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Elementary school artists shine at annual show

Timber Trail Elementary fifth grader Jakob Porter stands near the stone sculpture and fountain he created with fellow fifth graders Jaxson Bell and Lucas Palazzo. The work was selected for display at the Douglas County School District art show last month.

By Lisa Crockett

Outstanding art students at elementary schools in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) were showcased at an installment at the Park Meadows Mall last month. Artists from each elementary school in the district were selected for quality and originality by their respective art teachers and then invited to a special evening reception for friends, family and the community.

Timber Trail Elementary School fifth grader Jakob Porter was selected to participate in the art show to display a sophisticated stone sculpture and fountain that he created with fellow fifth graders Jaxson Bell and Lucas Palazzo.

“We worked on this project during art class and at recess,” said Porter. “It took a lot of time, but we really wanted to do it. I really like art because it’s a good way for me to be creative.”

The final product was a display not only of the boys’ artistic vision, but other abilities as well.

“The boys had to engineer the fountain to go along with the sculpture,” said TTE Art Teacher Wendy Wilson. “They gave up a lot of recess time to figure out how to do that, and the results were impressive.”

Wilson was charged with selecting the artists who had artwork on display at the show.

“I looked at how well students had met the objective for each art lesson, and I chose students who had excelled in different areas,” she said. “When I couldn’t decide, I enlisted the help of fellow faculty members.”



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