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News Release

Artwork by students at Northwest’s Horace Mann Laboratory School is being displayed on the walls of the President’s Conference Room again this year. In the front row, left to right, are Maddie Holt, Lucy Parsons and Ella Jennings. Standing in the second row are Madeline Wiedmaier, Denise Jasinski and Kate Yocom.

Artwork by students at Northwest’s Horace Mann Laboratory School is being displayed on the walls of the President’s Conference Room again this year. In the front row, left to right, are Maddie Holt, Lucy Parsons and Ella Jennings. Standing in the second row are Madeline Wiedmaier, Denise Jasinski and Kate Yocom.

Nov. 21, 2011

Horace Mann students’ artwork displayed in administration offices

A variety of artwork by students at Northwest Missouri State University’s Horace Mann Laboratory School is again adorning the walls of University administrative offices this school year.

Now in its second year, the Horace Mann Showcase features a piece of artwork by a student from each grade level at Horace Mann. First lady Denise Jasinski and staff members in the Office of the President selected the artwork last spring during Horace Mann's Fourth Annual Art Show. The work is displayed in the President’s Conference Room and the Provost’s Reception Area, located on the first floor of the Administration Building.

“They really look forward to it,” Horace Mann Art Instructor Erin Oehler said of the showcase. “When I mention at the beginning of the year that we have our art show and there’s a chance their artwork will be selected, you can see that they want to work just a little bit harder, and they look at things from different angles.”

Oehler said the art showcase also offers an opportunity to teach the young artists about critiquing art and the ways it appeals to people’s interests and emotions.  

“Sometimes when you go back to it later you find something new that you didn’t notice before,” Oehler said. “A real key of good artwork is that it keeps bringing you back.”

Jasinski said this year’s artwork was selected to represent a variety of mediums and styles. The art includes paintings, print-making and a piece that combines painting techniques with layers of tissue paper. In addition, Jasinski noted, the works are displayed in salvaged frames that were repainted.

This year’s showcase features: 

“Momma Lisa,” a painting by kindergartener Lucy Parsons. Oehler instructed the students to paint portraits of their mothers based on their studies of Leonardo da Vinci’s artwork, including “Mona Lisa.” 

“Momma Lisa,” a painting by kindergartener Lucy Parsons.

“Turtle Collage” by first grader Ella Jennings. After learning about a variety of painting techniques, Jennings used water colors to design her turtle’s shell and incorporated tissue paper as foliage. 

“Momma Lisa,” a painting by kindergartener Lucy Parsons.

“Chilkat Blanket” by second grader Maddie Holt. Second graders studied Native American artwork and the role it plays in Native American culture, rituals and daily life. Chilkat blankets, worn during dances and other ceremonial occasions, feature patterns that are random and symmetrical.   

“Chilkat Blanket” by second grader Maddie Holt

“Action Print” by third grader Madeline Wiedmaier. Students made a collagraph plate and printed it three times. The prints feature figures in warm colors and a background of cool colors, thus giving a sense of movement to the figures and a sense of play between the warm and cool colors.

“Action Print” by third grader Madeline Wiedmaier

“Cake Still Life,” an oil pastel by fourth grader Kate Yocum. Students studied American artist Wayne Thiebaud, who’s known for his works depicting cakes, and discussed techniques that emphasize form and shade.

“Cake Still Life,” an oil pastel by fourth grader Kate Yocum

“Print of the Washington Monument” by fifth grader Jiale Zheng. Students selected American symbols and used block printing techniques to compose four different prints of their symbol.

“Print of the Washington Monument” by fifth grader Jiale Zheng

“Cubist Self Portrait” by sixth grader Jocelyn Clayton. Students picked three different points of view and drew a cubist portrait. Students used a monochromatic color scheme, mixing tints and shades of one hue.

“Cubist Self Portrait” by sixth grader Jocelyn Clayton

 

Horace Mann Laboratory School and Early Care and Education Laboratory Center is an innovative program that provides a clinical experience for pre-service teachers, and a diverse and interactive learning environment for children ages 3 through sixth grades. Housed in Brown Hall, Horace Mann Laboratory School is a kindergarten-sixth grade school. Early childhood classes for children age 3 through pre-kindergarten are based in the Early Childhood Center on the lower level of Brown Hall.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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