Elementary Art Show Opens Thursday

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Students in the Wolf Impressions after-school program have a tough decision to make.

Which of their art pieces should they put in the upcoming exhibit at Frontier Elementary School?

The budding artists' public will have to wait until Thursday evening for the revelation.

Students in the drawing class, taught by Daria Mason, learned to draw using pencils and pastels.

"I like pastels better than pencils," said third-grader, Savannah McKinzie, as she put the final touches on a dog leaping in the grass. "I think pastels are prettier. You can smudge them to make them look really pretty."

The children drew a dragon through a technique called "guided drawing," that builds a picture, step by step, using basic shapes on the white board.

They also chose subjects from a variety of how-to-draw books.

"I'm drawing Manga today," said fifth-grader Louis Potvin. "It is a Japanese type of comic."

"I drew Boba Fett, a Star Wars character, with colored pencils," said fifth-grader Brandon Kasl.

A horse, a dragon and a stegosaur filled Cristina Torres' art portfolio. "I don't have a favorite," she said. "I don't know what one I am going to choose (for the art show)."

Elsewhere on campus, students with paint brushes are putting the final touches on their hand-formed ceramic art, so it can be fired. Still others are hammering designs onto their leather coin purses and bookmarks.

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Students in the Wolf Impressions afterschool program at Frontier Elementary School are preparing for Thursday night's art show. Here, Savannah McKinzie, third grade, tools a piece of leather.

"I'm making a cup for my sister, Kayla," said fifth-grader Lanie O'Donnel, as she looked up from a sports mug, painted in the purple and gold Longhorn colors.

Frontier Elementary School aide and ceramics teacher Joshua Locke invites the public to check out the candle-holders made by the program's kindergartners.

The third- and fifth-graders who took teacher Darlene Alvarez's leather class have learned to sew and punch leather bookmarks, wristbands, pencil holders and coin purses.

"My favorite project is stitching and making the pencil case," said fourth-grader Cheyenne Jordan. "It's not as hard as I thought."

Jordan and the other students had to learn to stamp the leather. They placed the design end of a metal embossing tool against the leather and used a mallet to impress the seashell, horseshoe, flower or other design.

Thursday's evening of art begins at 5 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m.

It will also feature concerts by the chorus, band and strings at 5 p.m. and a community drumming session from about 6 to 6:45 p.m.

Students who took the Computer Fun class will be showing off their PowerPoint presentations.

The event is free and open to the public.

A dinner of Navajo tacos will be available. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Hot dogs, chili, water and soda will also be available.

Wolf Impressions classes are supported by Credit for Kids donations.

FES is accepting donations for book angels -- books for children who could not otherwise afford them. Money raised from the dinner will purchase book angels.

A book fair will also be ongoing Thursday evening.

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