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At the 2016 opening reception Youth Block Party for the Greenwood School District 50 Annual Youth Art Show, Caitlyn Satterfield poses with her artwork.


The Arts Center of Greenwood celebrates Youth Art Month this March with an art show and lots of activities.

For the second year, the Arts Center and The Museum are teaming up to host a youth block party from 5:30-7 p.m., March 10 The reception includes refreshments and art at both locations that is on display now through March 25.

The art displayed are pieces in the Greenwood School District 50 Annual Youth Art Show. Selected works from elementary schools are displayed at The Museum, 106 Main St., and selected works from middle and high schools are displayed at the Arts Center, 120 Main St..

"This show, for the art teachers, is like our Super Bowl," said Julie Pressley-Jones, an art teacher at Westview Middle School. "A lot goes into getting things ready for the show.... Sometimes, kids lose their confidence, especially in middle school. But, these kids are talented. When they see their work in the show, they get it."

Pressley-Jones said every child's piece tells a story, such as one student's clay animal hybrid sculpture that exploded in the kiln when it was first fired, yet it was back together and the student camouflaged the cracks with paint and colored tissue paper.

"It made it look like the T-rex has skin and you cannot see crack one," Pressley-Jones said. "He had to get creative and he had to problem solve and he stuck with it, until it was done."

There's also a papier-mache Spongebob that was started by a student who was in eighth grade last year who is a ninth-grader at Emerald this year, Pressley-Jones said.

"She constructed it, but never got to finish it," Pressley-Jones said. "I told her brother, who is in eighth grade at Westview this year, that one of his first jobs this semester was to finish it."

At the show, Pressley-Jones said you will find everything from drawings to paintings to a tea light candle Christmas tree with a dragon on it, as well as an Egyptian beaded necklace.

Julia Pridmore, ACTS art teacher at Brewer Middle School and Woodfields Elementary, said eighth-grader Adam Clinemeyer's colored pencil drawing, a self-portrait of him in his baseball gear, stood out to her in terms of his use of color and composition.

"For this project, students studied skin tones and all of the colors found within the skin," Pridmore wrote, via email. "They learned that we are more than just shades of brown, but in fact, we are made of blues, greens, reds, purples and so on."

Corey Benjamin, who also teaches art at Brewer, said his seventh-graders embraced photography with iPads.

Andi Moore, visual art teacher at Northside Middle School, said many young people today face issues unheard of in previous generations.

"Through the arts, students can find a unique voice through which to express their struggles," Moore wrote, via email.

Betty Strange, art teacher at Woodfields and Rice Elementary schools, said she is proud of the diversity students have shown in their work. She assigned students to do self-portraits, either realistic or abstract. Students chose a variety of mediums, from sculpture with recycled materials to collage and even a kindergarten student who painted a self-portrait using a sponge.

Likewise, Pinecrest and Rice Elementary art teacher Laurie Thompson said fifth-graders took concepts they previously learned and added to those mixing tints and shades to create a variety of color values.

Kathy Gillespie, art teacher at Springfield and Hodges Elementary schools, wrote, via email, that her art lessons emphasize art history, art appreciation art creation.

Some works selected for the show were inspired by the study of Native American art. Others were inspired by the work of Brazilian pop artist Romero Britto, Gillespie said, while the summer Olympics were happening in Brazil.

"Fifth grade students learn about the Harlem Renaissance in social studies," Gillespie wrote. "In art class, we learned that some of those artists were originally from the Carolinas. Students were inspired to create watercolor cityscapes after learning about these artists."

n View the Greenwood County School District 50 Annual Youth Art Show displayed at two locations, the Arts Center of Greenwood and The Museum, now through March 25.Come to the Youth Block Party and the show’s opening reception, 5:30-7 p.m. March 10. Refreshments and art will be at both locations, which are open to the public.

n At 11 a.m., Saturday, there is a free children’s opera performance at the Arts Center, “All According to Taste: The Three Bears’ Guide to Porridge Making,” by Opera for Kids! FBN Productions Inc. Call 864-388-7800 to reserve a seat. Reservations required.

n March 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Family Fun Day returns to the Arts Center with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math as the theme. Enjoy make-and-take art activities, interactive games, face-painting, a photo booth and more. The event is free and open to the public

n The Arts Center main gallery is the location for the new story time initiative for infants through preschoolers at 10:30 a.m., March 21, with Caitlin Lindsey reading.

n There are art classes for children ages 6-12 on Tuesdays in April from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Arts Center, with instruction by Taylor Dublin. Cost is $18 per child, per class.

n There are printmaking classes for children 13 and older Thursdays in April from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Arts Center, with instruction by Ivy Vartanian. Cost is $18 per child, per class.

For information about Arts Center education and outreach, email Sylvia Martin at sylvialovesthearts@gmail.com or call 864-388-7800.