Budding artists get taste of making sale
By Linda Girardi For Sun-Times Media October 25, 2013 4:34PM
Riddhi Deshpande, a fifth grader at Blackberry Creek Elementary in Elburn, was among a group of students recognized for art projects from last year. The Kaneland school board each year purchases student artwork from each building. | Submitted
Updated: November 30, 2013 7:54PM
Along with the importance of celebrating academic achievement, the Kaneland School Board recognizes the artistic abilities of students.
“We have students who are phenomenally talented,” Superintendent Jeff Schuler said.
The Kaneland school board each year purchases student artwork from each building based on the recommendations of art teachers.
Twelve students were recently recognized as first- and second-place winners for art projects completed in the last school year:
Rachel Cormier and Savannah Guo of John Shields Elementary
Riddi Deshpande and Audra Brown of Blackberry Creek Elementary
Mia Carmichael and Talon Goss of McDole Elementary
Taite Krage and Alyson Malo of John Stewart Elementary
Nathan Seyller and Lauren Disandro of Harter Middle School
Brittan Grider and Alexis Logan of Kaneland High School
Schuler told the budding artists that they will have “officially become artists” now that they have sold their first piece of artwork.
Blackberry Creek Elementary art teacher Kara Berth said the recognition of the students is as exciting to the art teachers as it is to students and their parents.
“It gives the students a chance to shine in front of the school board for a night,” Berth said.
“Our program begins with art in kindergarten, and throughout the years, students develop their talents and creativity,” the teacher said. “We do everything we can to support their skills and display it.”
The first-place winners received a $50 gift card, and second-place winners received a $25 gift card. The artwork was framed and will be displayed in the hallways of the Milnamow Administrative Center in Maple Park for two years and then returned to the respective buildings as part of that school’s permanent art collection.