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Stanwood Elementary to host youth art festival

| Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 9:01 p.m.
Kelly Vernon | The Mt. Pleasant Journal
Stanwood Elementary School students pictured from left: Paula Brown, 10 and Quinley Hoffer, 10 work on one of several bowls Wednesday, March 12, 2014 that will be sold at the art event slated for March 31 at the school.
Kelly Vernon | The Mt. Pleasant Journal
Briar Proctor, 11, paints a bowl Wednesday, March 12, 2014 that will be sold at the March 31 art event at Stanwood Elementary School. Proceeds will benefit Stanwood Pride Relay for Life team and The American Cancer Society.

On Monday, Stanwood Elementary School art teacher Wendy Milne plans recognize the National Art Education Association's Youth Art Month, which takes place each March, by hosting a festival at the school with various art and music activities.

The event will be held from 6-8 p.m. in the school's cafeteria.

Throughout the month, art and art education has been recognized in schools and museums across the nation.

“We recognize youth art month every year to remind people of the importance of the arts in children's lives,” said Milne, who also teaches art education at St. Vincent College in Unity.

The festival will feature various art making activities, she said. Weaving and origami are among some activities that will be made available to students, Milne said.

Children will also have the opportunity to design and create their own puzzle, she said.

Milne said some of her students at St. Vincent will serve as instructors at the event's project stations.

Fifth-grade art club students have created bowls using a new technique that will be on sale at the event for $5 each.

In addition, every third-grader made ceramic pins during art class also to be sold for $1 each during the event.

Both the bowls and pins were crafted in various colors using a spiral technique.

Proceeds from the sale of the items will benefit Stanwood Pride, an American Cancer Society Relay for Life team, and the society.

Student Quinley Hoffer, 10, said it was fun to make the bowls, and raise money for the team and the society to help other children and adults.

“It feels good to do something that was fun, and it is a great way to make other people feel good,” said Paula Brown, 10.

The art club also designed and made postcard-style invitations to the upcoming event that were sent to members of the Hempfield Area School District board of education.

“It's always nice to see the great ideas the kids have making art (both) inside and outside of school,” Milne said.

Stanwood music teacher Nina Edwards said the school chorus will perform several selections to entertain event attendees, including rock-and-roll oldies, and Pharrell Williams' popular song “Happy.”

Other musical performances include the third-grade students playing of recorders and orff instruments and a student drum circle.

“We want to reach out to the community to see what their children are doing in the arts in school,” Edwards said.

The art department will unveil a mural in the cafeteria made from ceramic tiles. The 8-by-11 foot mural will consist of 4-inch by 4-inch tiles created by students and faculty members of the school.

Each student created his or her own design during art class.

Each member of the staff donated a nominal fee to create a tile for the mural.

Kelly Vernon is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-547-5722 or