By Jamison Hooks Staff Writer
Kindergartners, first and second graders from Morgan County Primary Charter School (MCPCS) took part in a school wide Art Show to help fund the school’s Art Program. Parents were invited to the Art Show to witness the creative abilities of the students at MCPCS. Through the guidance and instruction of Art Teacher Leslie Ryals, MCPCS students created 695 pictures for their schools Art Show, 182 of which were sold in order to keep the Art Program at MCPCS going strong. Each grade focused on creating different forms of art explained Art Teacher Leslie Ryals. “Kindergarten students created a painting of Pete the Cat based on the book Pete the Cat Rocking in My School Shoes by Eric Litwin,” said Ryals. “After studying Romare Bearden’s artwork, first graders created a collage of their initial with a textured background. Second graders did a printmaking project using fall colors and metallic tempera paint.” Students began preparing for the show back in September and have been working on their creative masterpieces for three to five weeks. “Very early in the school year, I begin teaching students about the art show. I encourage excitement by reminding them every week what a fabulous opportunity this event is because every K-2 student in the school participates,” said Ryals. Although each grade is working on the same project, each end result is unique in its own way. “Even though I have specific lessons for each grade, every piece is different because each child is able to express himself through his own style or color choice throughout the lesson, which is evident in the artwork,” said Ryals. The hard work and creativity of MCPCS students was evident at last week’s Art Show, which was everything Ryals had hoped for and more. “The art show was a HUGE success! We sold 182 pictures out of 695! I also have a post-show sale, which continues through Thursday, Nov. 13. This fundraiser is used solely to fund my art program at Morgan County Primary Charter School,” stated Ryals.