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A New Exhibit

Artwork by middle school students on display at administration building

— Daily Freeman-Journal photos by Anne Blankenship
Brianna Wallen, a sixth grader at Webster City Middle School, looks at her painting on the top row of a display at the Webster City administration building. The student art is also available for loan to area businesses, according to art teacher Heidi Kayser.

Students at the middle school have been challenging their artistic sides in a variety of mediums since the beginning of the school year. Now, some of those works of art have found their way to the school administration building where they are on display for all to see.

Art teacher Heidi Kayser said the students in grades five through eight, have been working since August on creations in a variety of art mediums. The display at the administration building features a handful of those projects, all with placards with the students’ name and grade.

Kayser and several of the student artists stopped by the administration building on Monday to see their creative endeavors on display.

Some of the works are paintings, some are pencil drawings and still others are works in clay.

Haylee Brim’s painting of a large orange pumpkin features a vibrant palette of colors in the sky behind. While others chose to go with a simple blue sky, this artist opted for a more colorful approach.

A group of eighth graders from Webster City middle school stand in front of a display of their artwork at Webster City Middle School.

“That’s what I like most about my piece — different colors I used in the sky,” she said.

Jose Garcia’s drawing features a myriad of shapes and colors.

“For this piece, we worked on shading and blending,” he said, pointing to the swirls and lines on his drawing.

Karsen Nicholson displayed a clay plaque featuring imprints of plants and flowers. Though he liked that project, he said he really likes working with all types of art.

“This is supposed to look fire, and it’s supposed represent the campfires that I have at my grandmas,” said Kaitlyn Winkler of her colorful orange and yellow drawing.

Kayser said exhibit is a chance for the students to show off their work.

“My goal is to make sure that the students are recognized for their artwork,” said Kayser. Displaying the pieces at the administration building is just the first step for that.

“Hopefully, if the word gets out, we can have artwork at different businesses throughout Webster City,” she said.

Kayser has already reached out to a few area businesses who were interested in exhibiting some of the work. She said she hopes to change out the artwork every month or so, to keep the looks fresh and to give more student works an opportunity to be displayed.

“As you can see, we have some very awesome, talented artists here,” said Kayser.

If any area businesses are interested in displaying some of the artwork, Kayser said to call the middle school, 832-9220, to make arrangements.

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