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Artwork covers walls at Chanute Elementary

Posted Date: 03/12/2018

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Artwork covers walls at Chanute Elementary


For the next couple weeks, walking up and down the hallways and corridors at Chanute Elementary will be like strolling through an art museum. The 2018 CES Art Fair is underway in preparation for the annual district wide art exhibit to be held this spring.

“Every student in the school has artwork up right now,” said art teacher Brett Rinehart. “They will hang on the elementary corridor walls through parent teacher conferences and Spring Break.”

Rinehart and art teacher Halsey Wright have tried to hang each class's work as close to their homeroom as possible, but some have been placed on the front and back hallways as well.

Holding their own building art fair allows Rinehart and Wright to bring in a judge to determine which four pieces from each classroom will be selected for inclusion in the district exhibit at Chanute High School.

The judge adds stars to the selected pieces.

The students are “super excited to see those stars,” Rinehart said.

Kindergarten work is not included in the judged portion of the art fair.

However, “we have recently tried to get kindergarten involved,” Rinehart said. “We have chosen an artwork for each kindergarten student and have mounted, labeled, and hung their artwork as well.”

This is a way to “ease them into it” and get the kindergarten students used to the idea of having their work on display, he added.

“The art fair display is something I look forward to every year,” said Principal Noel Shinkle. “I can't wait to see the amazing artwork produced by students.”


Story By: Connie Woodard