Memphis Downtowner March/April 2017 : Page 14

Memphis Downtowner 2016–17 DOWNTOWN Elementary School Annual Art Contest Meet the winners of Memphis Downtowner’s 14th annual Downtown Elementary School Art Contest. More than 600 students participated in creating masterpieces this year. Charles G. Wade’s first-and second-grade classes created "Tibetan Landscapes," after studying the influences of Chinese and Indian culture on the art of Tibet. The students divided the picture plane into background, middleground, and foreground. They then used texture plates and watercolor inks to add graphic elements. We discussed geography, weather, climate, and what it would be like to live in the Himalayas. While painting, we chilled out to grooves of ambient artists, including Tibetan musicians. Charles G. Wade Downtown Elementary School, Scenic Hills Elementary Miranda Bavier chose "Masters Made Modern" as the contest theme for her classes. The first-through fifth-graders studied famous artists while learning other concepts in the curriculum. First and second grades learned about Joan Miro while studying lines and shapes. Miro's surreal paintings reminded us of imaginary creatures. Students found that Miro repeated the same simple lines and shapes in many of his works. They used this inspiration to create their own creature with oil pastel and tempera paint. Third and fourth grades studied Pablo Picasso while learning about facial features and portraits. When Picasso was working in the cubist style, he combined different views in the same painting. Our "Picasso Portraits" show different views of facial features that have been assembled into mixed-media portraits. Fifth grade studied how the Fauve artist Henri Matisse used the elements of art in his paintings of interiors. Students discovered that Matisse used simple shapes and forms, intricate patterns, and bold colors. They created their interior paintings with oil pastel and tempera. Miranda Bavier Downtown Elementary School Special thanks to Memphis College of Art jurors Shannon Elliott, Director of Graduate Studies in Art Education, and Angela Christopher, Assistant Professor in Graduate Art Education, who took on the challenge of selecting the winners for this year’s contest. The jurors’ comments are included under each winner’s picture. (mca.edu) An awards reception will be hosted by SpringHill Suites Downtown in the Trolley Room at 85 West Court on March 21 from 4pm until 6pm. Students' art will be on display and the awards ceremony will be at 5pm. The Art Center supplies winners with gift bags filled with art supplies and gift certificates to encourage our young artists' continued creativity. (artcentermemphis.com) Congratulations to everyone who participated in this year’s contest! 14 DOWNTOWNER MAGAZINE | MARCH/APRIL 2017 MEMPHISDOWNTOWNER.com

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