BJHS art becomes timely
What started as a contest idea ended up being a theme America was reminded of more than once over the past two weeks.
Baldwin Junior High School art students recently completed their projects for the Lions International Peace Poster Contest.
Their posters, completed without the use of words, communicate the theme "Lighting the path to world peace."
Even though the art project was started at the beginning of the school year, BJHS art teacher Betty Pewtress it was an appropriate project to have been working on after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C.
"The contest is very symbolic in light of what happened," Pewtress said. "It shows the children are looking ahead. They are our future."
The projects, which are currently hanging in one of the BJHS halls, took seventh and eighth-grade students in Pewtress' Art I and yearbook staff classes about four and a half weeks to complete, she said. Art II students are currently working on the projects.
Students originally came up with four ideas that showed how important world peace is to the future, Pewtress said, and then chose one as their final design.
Only five colors, red, yellow, blue, white and black, were given to the students, she said. All other colors had to be mixed from those five.
"It really was kind of challenge," Pewtress said. "But it seems the more restrictions I put on it, the more I got. It's like a puzzle, a type of problem solving. And they all did a good job."
Approximately 10 posters will be chosen from BJHS to be sent to the Lions International contest for a chance to win $2,500.
Some of the art students said even though their posters had the same theme, each one was unique.
"I used sign language because sign language is quiet," eighth grader Kate Ikenberry said. "That resembles peace."
Eighth grader Matt Kretchmer said he wanted the appearance of peace.
"I wanted it to be mellow, not very busy," he said.
Being able to work on the projects also helped some of the students deal with the terrorist attacks.
"You could see the reasons why we were doing this," eighth grader Kelsey Heckathorne said. "You could say something through it that meant a lot to a whole bunch of people."
Pewtress said it was encouraging to watch her students working on the projects.
"It was so emotional last week yet they were painstakingly painting peace symbols on, even with all of the havoc going on," she said.
"Sometimes as a teacher, you don't quite know how things all fit together," she said. "But there are really positive things here in these students. They have a lot to offer.
"I wish one of them would win the contest, because they deserve it," she said.
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