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District Art Show Offers Eras To Remember
Art through the ages - as seen through the eyes of schoolchildren - was on display at the Escalon High School campus over the past week, part of the annual Arts Alive event.

There was artwork from every grade level and every district school site featured, and students from the various campuses made their way to the old gym at the high school during the week to see their own art on display, admire the work of schoolmates and take part in a number of hands on activities.

"The theme was 'Eras to Remember' and focused on historical figures or periods of time," explained high school art teacher Sherri Jensen, who worked with fellow art teachers Neil Thomas and Jewel Kelley to pull the show together.

From the basket weaving display by the third graders at Collegeville to the information on 'The Heroic Age of Arctic Exploration' display that covered the late 1800s to the early 1900s, students gained some valuable historic facts while putting their creative minds to work as well.

Dent fourth graders made 'pioneer postcards' and high school juniors Cassie DuBois and Arissa Chunn were looking at various artwork to compare it to the current book they are reading in English class, Sylvia Plath's 'The Bell Jar' to mesh art and the written word.

Jensen said organizers were once again impressed with the variety and intricacy of the various projects and she praised the teachers at the individual school sites for offering good suggestions to students for contributions to the art show.

"There's also a lot more crafts, making bracelets and buttons, creating bag puppets," Jensen explained of the hands on activities offered. "They (students) love it and it's not messy."

Dent Elementary had students visiting the art show every day, while El Portal, Collegeville, Farmington and Van Allen had to bus their students to the show and took turns. Tuesday was Collegeville and Van Allen day, Wednesday featured the middle school students from El Portal and Thursday saw Farmington students come in to town.

Several high schoolers were on hand throughout the show to help younger students with the craft projects, with the elementary and middle school kids leaving the show with plenty of new artwork in hand, from marble painting to spin art. Elsewhere, attendees joined in to create a giant paper mosaic, painstakingly cutting small strips of paper and gluing them to the ever-growing art project.

Jensen said an old hamburger stand sign found and donated by Marlin Moreno was refurbished for the show and will be donated to the Escalon Museum, coming from a former eatery in town.

Miss G's class at Van Allen featured a 'moving west' display as their historical artwork and high school brothers Ricky, a senior, and Javier Carrillo, a sophomore, demonstrated their painting several times throughout the show.

Jensen classified the art show as an overall success.

"It has been fun doing the decades," she said. "The kids love to look up the historical events."