LJ Elementary shows its artistic side
by Mariko Lamb
Published - 04/12/12 - 11:32 AM | 3195 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
First-grader John Paul Hall shows off a beaming smile alongside his creation — a blue ocean wave on canvas. Photo by Mariko Lamb
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Students at La Jolla Elementary School (LJES) showed off a bright display of artwork ranging from oil on canvas to pencil and marker drawings on paper to sculptures and collages at the school’s annual art show from March 27-30.

Each year, the students look forward to the show and stockpile their favorite creations early in anticipation for the LJES auditorium to transform into the school’s largest student art gallery.

“The artwork in the show covers the variety of projects the different grades have worked on since September 2011,” said LJES art teacher Sonya Devine. “Around February we begin the selection process. Some classes had parent volunteers help students select their favorite work, and some of the art was just getting finished, so we — myself and parent volunteers — carefully chose the rest.”

Devine said volunteers are vital to pulling off a student art show of this scale.

“In March, over 600 individual artworks get counted, matted and labeled by volunteers. It then takes about two days to transform the auditorium for the four-day event,” she said.

Every student in the school had a piece in the show, and each was excited to see his or her work on display, she said.

Notecards of students’ masterpieces from the art show are available for purchase through the LJES website, www.ljes.org, or at the school’s front office. Notecards are $15 for a set of 12.

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