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Pleasant Grove Students take art on road

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By Stephen Thomas

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - While some schools proudly display student artwork along their walls, Pleasant Grove Elementary takes theirs to the people.

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PGES art teacher Stacena Bohannon established art shows at various public locations for each grade level to show off their pieces. This is the second year public shows were presented.

"It means so much more to the students when they get to display their work in public," said Bohannon. "You could sense their excitement at school beforehand."

Public viewings were hosted for Kindergartners at Main Street Mount Washington; 1st graders at Keystone Cinemas; 2nd graders at Bearno's Pizza and China 8 Restaurant, 3rd graders at the Mount Washington Library; 4th graders at Ridgway Memorial Library; 5th graders at Kettle Creek Restaurant.

"The shows also help the community," Bohannon said. "It gets the families out to places for entertainment and to see the works."

She added that a library showcase gave students an opportunity to experience one of their local library locations.

The Ridgway Library visit also included a meeting with students and members of the Visual Artists of Bullitt County.

"They have their meetings here and they agreed to meet and talk with the kids," Bohannon said.

According to Bohannon, various art pieces created during the school year were critiqued, with students displaying their strongest pieces.

Student Macy Waddle presented a piece featuring lines surrounding a traced copy of her hand.

"There are horizontal, curvy and zig zag lines in the hand," she said. The hand is traced in black, that makes it stand out."

She said horizontal lines in the background helped to "break up' curvy and diagonal lines that were also implemented.

Haley Scott's piece was an abstract depicting a monkey.

"It's called abstract art because it stands out," she said, revealing a process of drawing a picture with a marker, putting glue over it to dry, then covering with tinfoil and designing with toothpicks.

"I did a monkey because I just like monkeys," she added.

Olivia Proctor completed a self-portrait, tied in with school studies based on the Colonial Art period.

"Mine's not Colonial Art because it's not fancy," she said. "There's no wigs. There's a background pattern, that's not in Colonial. I did a self-portrait to compare with Colonial Art."

Other fourth grade art pieces included colorful birds and weavings influenced by Native American artists. Bohannon said shapes were focused upon along with line usage.