By ADAM ARMOUR
Itawamba Attendance Center is currently covered in the artwork of its students.
Standing floor-to-ceiling in the sixth-grade hallway are four mighty trees, each bearing the mark of one of the four seasons; in the fifth grade hallway, a large, multi-colored mural depicting the United States of America and its capital cities has been painted on wall; and hanging in the school’s front office is Van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” as painted by an eighth grade student.
According to art teacher Vicki Gray, several of her students worked diligently to complete these myriad projects.
Zack Hamm, who reproduced Van Gogh’s painting on a four-by-six foot canvas, spent weeks perfecting the huge piece.
“Zack worked tirelessly for weeks to accomplish his goal,” Gray said of her longtime student. “Zack has been a very diligent art student from second grade … and his talent is truly obvious through his final work of art.”
Hamm said he was happy with how the final product turned out and enjoyed seeing it hanging in the office.
The four sixth-grade hallway walls each bears a different tree — one in full bloom, one with less greenery, another with falling leaves and finally one with branches covered in snow.
Painted jointly by eighth-grade students Bethany Harris and Cassandra Robertson, seventh grade student Brook Waters and sixth grade student Delaney Norton, the four murals were intended as both practice for the developing artists and teaching tools for the sixth grade science students.
According to Gray, the four students worked for several months painting the project, having to climb “up and down a ladder tirelessly to complete the work.”
Harris commented on the project by stating she was “glad it’s done,” to which Robertson added, “Ditto. I never want to see another tree.”
In the fifth-grade hallway, seventh-grade artists Kelsie Plunkett and Katie Kendrick recently finished painting a large mural of the United States for the benefit of the grade’s social studies students.
Painted in bright hues — pink, yellow, blue and orange — the map displays each state and its capital for quick reference by students between classes.
Gray called the piece “eye catching,” adding that younger students thoroughly enjoyed watching the two artists at work.
“The students watched Kelsie and Katie for several weeks as they painstakingly and persistently progressed,” she said. “The girls worked tirelessly until every detail was complete. They didn’t tarry until the job was done.”
Adam Armour can be reached at
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