Artwork by MCS students on exhibit at three local venues
by Laura Haley
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Artwork by Moab Charter School students that is based on scenes from the Canyonlands area will be on display at the Big Horn Gallery at Dead Horse Point State Park through February. Courtesy photo
Artwork by Moab Charter School students that is based on scenes from the Canyonlands area will be on display at the Big Horn Gallery at Dead Horse Point State Park through February. Courtesy photo
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Elementary school age kids spend a great deal of time creating art. Whether drawing, painting, or making collages, art is an important part of learning.

Typically, that art is displayed on the refrigerator at home or the walls of the kids’ school – it’s not usually seen by the general public. This month, however, Moab Charter School students will have their art on display in three different exhibits at venues in and near Moab.

An exhibit of the student artwork entitled “Ice Age Mega Beasts” was inspired by lessons about the ice age and the creatures that lived during that time. The exhibit is on display through November at the Museum of Moab, 118 E. Center St.

The students also recently put up an exhibit of paintings inspired by the works of Alexander Calder, an American artist and sculptor who is known for creating mobiles, as well as paintings, drawings and sculptures.

The third exhibit of the students’ work will be on display through Feb. 28 at Dead Horse Point State Park’s Bighorn Gallery. That exhibit includes artwork by students of every grade – kindergarten through sixth – at MCS.

“The show is nature based,” Moore said. “Each class had a different lesson. For example, the first graders did plants, fourth did animals of the area and fifth did landscapes.”

She said the students created postcard-like images that incorporate scenes from the Canyonlands area. Second- and third-grade students created art designs based on animal tracks and scat. She said the second-graders also took a field trip to Dead Horse State Park.

“We practiced drawing the tracks to prepare students for upcoming Dead Horse State Park visit,” she said. “

We completed the project with watercolor.”

London Han, a second grade student at MCS, was excited about the chance to display his artwork. “I’m excited that the park rangers, like Ranger Jordan [Perez], get to see it every day,” he said. “People from Asia might think they are ancient pictures.”

Han’s younger sister, Dae Han, is a kindergarten student at MCS, and she was looking forward to people from other countries seeing her work. “I think people from Australia will see it,” she said.

“And volcano gods from Hawaii,” her brother added.

Kiala Larsen, a third grader at MCS, was also excited for people outside of her family to see her artwork. “I’m so excited for people to see my artwork,” she said. “When I grow up, I want to be an artist and have a studio.”

In addition to the display at Dead Horse, the siblings both did Ice Age themed drawings for another display. “I got a giant piece of paper and drew a wooly mammoth and saber tooth tiger,” London Han said.

His sister also drew a wooly mammoth for hers. “We got to use pencil and crayons,” she said.

The show at Dead Horse isn’t the only chance that members of the public will have to see artwork done by students at MCS. Moore said the Ice Age themed exhibit will be at the Museum of Moab, as well as Alexander Calder inspired drawings on display at Moonflower Market.

Moore also maintains a blog showing pictures of some of the students’ latest artwork. It can be seen at http://moabcharter.weebly.com.

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