Student artists honored for Youth Art Month pieces

Student artists honored for Youth Art Month pieces


Five student artists from Piccowaxen Middle School were recently honored by the Maryland Art Education Association (MAEA) through its 2017 Maryland Youth Art Month Flag contest. Honored for their creative entries in the contest, which celebrated the theme of United Through Art, were Lauren Anderson, seventh grade; Leann Asher, eighth grade; Makayla Metz, seventh grade; Emily Moon, seventh grade; and Jade Petty, eighth grade.  

Anderson received the top award overall at the middle school level of the contest. Her art features the drawing of a crab in the colors of red, white, black and yellow to depict the Maryland state flag. The crab is holding a paintbrush and pencil in its claws and reads Youth Art Month at the top.

According to the MAEA, more than 100 contest entries were received from students in schools across Maryland. This was the first year that Piccowaxen art teacher Gayle Kraus entered work from her students in the contest. Anderson said she had fun completing the project. “I think it is fun and exciting to draw. You can be creative and put your own spin on things,” she said.

Asher, Metz, Moon and Petty all received honorable mention awards at the middle school level in the contest. They were four of the five middle school students to receive honorable mention recognition for their artwork.  Asher’s drawing features a hand holding a paintbrush over the Maryland state flag. Asher said she enjoyed working on the piece because “it is cool to put your own ideas on paper.”

Metz used the Maryland flag in the background of her drawing and featured the words Youth Art Month in the center of the piece. “I liked taking symbols of Maryland and adding my own style to my work,” Metz said. Moon combined several elements in her piece such as the black-eyed Susan flower, a blue crab, the state flag and a Chesapeake Bay retriever, which is designated as the official Maryland state dog. Moon aspires to become a graphic animator and carries a sketchbook full of colorful pieces.

Petty’s piece also incorporates the Maryland flag in the background and includes different utensils used to make art, such as crayons, markers, pencils and paintbrushes. She said she likes art and enjoyed working on the project.

As the overall middle school winner, Anderson receives $100 in art supplies and Kraus receives $300 in supplies for her classroom. Supplies are provided by Sargent Art, who partnered with the MAEA to support the contest. Anderson and Kraus also will be featured in an upcoming edition of the MAEA Gazette member newsletter.

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