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North Tama art students enter in the Iowa Star

April 22, 2009
Traer Star-Clipper

By Amy Jantzen

Managing Editor

North Tama art students recently participated in the Iowa Star Conference Art show. This event hasn't taken place in a couple of years but the art instructor felt that it was a good project to continue and volunteered to spearhead the show this year. The show was held at the Janesville high school, Wednesday April 15.

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Brandon Nie and Tyler Zook look on as the Tibetan Monks construct the Mandala, Wednesday, April 15 at UNI.
By Amy Jantzen

The purpose of the Wildcat Invitational Art Show is to showcase the outstanding student achievements for the 2008-09 school year.

Each school was allowed to bring 15 students, whose work was exhibited in the show. Entries were selected from among the works created by students in grades 9-12 and limited to 15 entries per school.

The artwork was judged in the following categories; Photography, Photography-Experimental, Ceramics-Non-Utilitarian, Ceramics-Utilitarian, Wheel-Thrown Pottery, Sculpture, Colored Pencil Drawing, Ink Drawing, Pencil Drawing, Mixed Media Drawing, Pastel/Charcoal/Crayon/Oil Pastel.

North Tama students that attended were Brandon Nie, Tyler Zook, Michael Brezina, Breanna Waseskuk, Stephanie Schroeder, Hannah Stuart, Nicole Jensen, Dylan Youel, Shaylynn Williams, Cheyanne Meany, Blade Bradley, Alaina Jantzen and instructor Mrs. Betts.

Youel received a first place award for a tempra painting. Receiving second place awards for various works wereWilliams, Stuart and Brezina. Bradley received a third place award for his ready made work.

The students at the show also got to hear from guest speakers such as Juno Kerr and Pete Ferrel, tattoo artists from Eternal Ink as well as Aaron Schurman and Dale Santoiemma, video game and slot machine designers from Phantom EFX.

Art Instructor Janelle Betts said, "The Iowa Star Conference was a great opportunity for our Traer Art Students to exhibit their work. Some were not able to attend this year due to the Rock in Prevention Assembly. We had not had a Star Conference for five years."

Following the show the group stopped at UNI where they got to witness a "Spiritual Experience." Tibetan monks were visiting UNI and constructing a Mandala.

Mandalas are geometric patterns laid out with compasses and chalk lines and then filled in, grain by grain, with sand ground from white marble and colored. The sand is applied with small tubes, funnels and scrapers until the pattern is completed. They're believed to reflect universal principles of harmony and balance and said to prolong life and protect against evil.

The students learned that once the Mandala is completed it is then destroyed.

Mrs. Betts said, "The Tibet Mandalas were very intricate. It was very interesting to see how the sand was applied with the copper tubes."



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