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Iowa Star Art Show shines at North Tama

April 26, 2019
CJ Eilers - Editor ( , Traer Star-Clipper

North Tama CSD was the host of the Iowa Star Conference Art Show on Wednesday, April 17 for eight participating schools, showcasing some of the most talented high school artists in the athletic conference.

The art show, previously hosted at Janesville CSD, featured works from ten categories this year- Digital for composition generated by the use of the computer, Painting for Tempera, Acrylic, and Oils, Mixed Media 2D combing two or medias in an entry, Photography: in either black and white or color, Ceramic Hand Thrown for Foot and body of piece thrown on a potter's wheel, Ceramic Hand Built and not on the potter's wheel, Drawing Pencil, Drawings Other for art rendered in any ink or colored pencil technique, Sculpture and Watercolor Paint-all judged by three individuals. According to Danica Minard, the North Tama art instructor, the most popular categories were Painting, Mixed Media 2D and Drawing.

"The most challenging for them was deciding on the places that were to be given out," Minard said. "I spoke with them several times and they were very impressed with the art made by students in our conference. We awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category and also a Best of Show award and a student choice award. Students were allowed to view all the art and vote for their favorite to win this award."

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North Tama Art Club members and art show participants pose for a photo after a successful Iowa Star Art Show on Wednesday, April 17 in Traer.

Members of the North Tama Art Club helped organize and coordinate the show, with several students also entering the show as well. Elina Aghabekyan won 2nd Place in the Drawing Other category. They also assisted in handing out awards to winners announced that morning.

"My art club students really enjoyed the ownership of the event and getting to see the art from students outside of our small district," Minard said. "Having an all-conference art show is a great way to get them to feel as though they are more a part of the art community in the real world. We had several wonderful drawing projects but there was a lot of competition in that category. It is good for students to see the work created by their peers and I hope it inspires them to be more motivated in their own art."

North Tama had two guest artists, Alissa Walton and Pat McIntosh, whom students got to visit with and learn more about the art process as a career. Students also worked in collaborative sessions in the art room to build a canvas collage of Iowa which the club hopes to auction off soon. The art club looks forward to building on what we have learned this year for next year's show.



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