Art works created by six Summit students will be on display through March in the state capital in Youth Art Month shows and the critical writing of six other students is being recognized.
The Youth Art Month and Young People’s Art Exhibition are open to students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Summit students whose work will on display this year include:
Drew Wilmot, grade 3, for a work called “Untitled” in the two-dimensional (2D) drawing/painting category.
Emma Boyer, grade 4, for a three-dimensional fiber weaving, called “Untitled.”
Lily Fecher, grade 8, for a 2D watercolor called “Oxford.”
Elise Goebel, grade 5, for a 2D mixed media work called “Circle of Life.”
Mia Warden, grade 7, for a 2D colored pencil drawing, called “10.”
Anna Wiltshire, grade 8, for a 2D watercolor called “Runaway Bay.”
The works of Lily and Anna have been selected by the Ohio Department of Education to hang in the organization’s building until the beginning of April. Only 25 pieces statewide have been chosen for this showing. These students are taught by Lower School Art Teacher Hilary Carvitti and Middle School art teachers Samantha England and Paula Yarnell ’65.
In addition to the art contests, all Lower School students participate in an annual essay-writing competition called the Jerry Tollifson Art Criticism Open. Under the guidance of Ms. Carvitti and with the support of Lower School language arts teachers, students composed critical responses to artworks which relied on their critical-thinking skills and careful observation.
In Division 2, fourth graders swept top honors. Luca Pancheri took first place, Quinn Wood, took second place and Tory Plattner took third place. In Division 1, second grader Thomas Schmitt and first graders Samuel Gehring and Blakely Lewis placed.
“The accomplishments of our students reflect Summit's appreciation of the arts, which is one of the five pillars of a Summit education,” said Dr. Kirstin Pesola McEachern, Assistant Head of School for Academic Affairs. “Summit's art teachers are dedicated to their craft, regularly attending state and national conferences to continue their professional development so they can bring out the best in our students.”
The youth art and critical writing recognitions are sponsored by the Ohio Art Education Association and supported by Blick. A reception and ceremony will held in Columbus March 2 at the King Arts Center for all awardees and their guests.