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Student artists color their world

Sunday, July 10, 2011

A banjo-picking cow, a pole-fishing bear and a variety of other animals gather around a campfire in this new student-painted mural at Community Elementary.
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Go into any elementary or middle school in Bedford County and you're going to find budding young artists.

Skyler Stanton won first place in the yearbook cover art competition at Community Middle School this spring.
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You will find them helping with murals to cover stucco and concrete block walls and competing for the honor of having his or her art adorn the covers of yearbooks or student agendas.

In May, students at Community Elementary got an assist from art students at Middle Tennessee State University to complete a fanciful wall mural depicting the story of Bedford County, according to art teacher Abbey Logan.

The colorful mural brings to mind perhaps the most famous primitive artist in American history, Grandma Moses.

Other artistic themes, such as the Salamander mascot, can be found on walls at Southside Elementary. School mascots figure into student art displays at other Bedford County schools.

Student artists also contribute their efforts to special projects, such as the cloth panels seventh graders at Community Middle decorated last year for a "quilt of valor" that was given to a grateful Marine seriously wounded in Afghanistan.

Dee McCullough, principal at Community Middle School, said his school got the idea of having a contest for the best student art cover for the school's yearbook from Harris Middle School, where similar student art competitions have been going on for years, according to Principal Bill Pietkiewicz.

Tristen Maxwell's superhero Golden Eagle, left, was used as the cover for Harris Middle School's Honors Night program, while Menley Saylor's ferocious Golden Eagle is the new agenda cover for the school.
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The Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County also encourages its student members to bring out their inner artists using various mediums to art work that could be considered for regional and possible national competition.

Boys & Girls Club area director Roger Harrell is hoping to arrange a display of student art this winter for the community to see.

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Having art in our schools is a wonderful idea. Too bad not every school has an art program. It is a shame the students at Liberty School do not have an art teacher or an art program.

-- Posted by shelbyvillemom on Sun, Jul 10, 2011, at 2:11 PM

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