Art program revitalized


Wauseon students’ art honored

By Cory Johnson - For the Expositor



Lindsay Gordon, Wauseon art teacher, poses with a few of her current primary school students and their current projects of Monet Water Lilies, Villages of Africa, and Japanese Cherry Blossom Scrolls.

Lindsay Gordon, Wauseon art teacher, poses with a few of her current primary school students and their current projects of Monet Water Lilies, Villages of Africa, and Japanese Cherry Blossom Scrolls.


Courtesy photo

Over two dozen elementary students take part in the school’s newly implemented daily morning art program, allowing students the opportunity to have additional art assistance, aid in the overall classroom prep for the day, or to simply experiment with new and exciting materials in an art setting


Cory Johnson | Fulton County Expositor

In recent years, the art program in the Wauseon Exempted Village School District has undergone a revitalization of sorts, and in a big way.

In 2009, the district cut down the art program in grades K-5, forcing classroom teachers to provide art instruction to their students. However, prior to the 2015-2016 school year, the Board of Education hired Lindsay Gordon as the art instructor for both the primary and elementary schools.

After only her first year with the district, Gordon achieved noteworthy success with the art program and considerable recognition for her students. In the spring of 2016, Gordon announced that 38 students enrolled in grades K-5 competed and were accepted into a contest through Celebrating Art.

Dedicated to the promotion and appreciation of student art, Celebrating Art serves as a juried art contest for students enrolled in grades K-12. With the intent to motivate, Celebrating Art publishes only the top entries in an anthology that will record and showcase the creative works of today’s student artists. According to the organization, less than 30 percent of the entries received are actually accepted to be published.

In the spring contest, the Wauseon Primary/ Elementary School’s 38 accepted entries were the highest amongst all Ohio schools. Making the accomplishment even sweeter was the fact that the contest featured entries from all grade levels in elementary, middle, and high schools across the country.

Recently, the results for the Summer 2016 contest were announced.

Fifty-six Wauseon Primary/ Elementary School students were accepted to be published; once again the highest of any Ohio school. Similarly, after competing only twice as a program, the school ranks eighth in all-time accepted entries throughout the state of Ohio.

Equally impressive, Wauseon Primary/ Elementary School ranked third in the nation for the most students accepted in the summer contest.

All accepted students will have the opportunity to have their artwork published in a professionally hard-bound, 8.5 x 11 inch full-color book. Entries are published with the student’s name, grade, and state indexed. Two WPS/WES students, Gracyn Felix and Isaiah Villarreal, were also chosen to be published as high merit students.

Although thoroughly impressed by the work of her young artists, Gordon does not set out to primarily win accolades, but mentor her students to grow in their artistic creativity.

“Currently, I am focused on giving each and every student the very best art education that they can receive, while strengthening individual skills and building confidence in what they do,” she said.

Now into her second year with the district, Gordon has a vision of collaboration and community recognition for the art department.

“My goal for the program is to foster a deeper appreciation for the arts in all forms, sparking creativity in all students in an environment where each individual child’s unique talents and perspectives can emerge and flourish,” she said.

While the students enjoy the class and the opportunity Gordon has given them to experiment and explore in their art and academic environments, there is more than just project assembly taking place in the art room these days. There is a generation of student artists molding their identity and passions.

Lindsay Gordon, Wauseon art teacher, poses with a few of her current primary school students and their current projects of Monet Water Lilies, Villages of Africa, and Japanese Cherry Blossom Scrolls.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2016/09/web1_Gordon-with-art-students.jpgLindsay Gordon, Wauseon art teacher, poses with a few of her current primary school students and their current projects of Monet Water Lilies, Villages of Africa, and Japanese Cherry Blossom Scrolls. Courtesy photo

Over two dozen elementary students take part in the school’s newly implemented daily morning art program, allowing students the opportunity to have additional art assistance, aid in the overall classroom prep for the day, or to simply experiment with new and exciting materials in an art setting
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2016/09/web1_Daily-Art-Wauseon.jpgOver two dozen elementary students take part in the school’s newly implemented daily morning art program, allowing students the opportunity to have additional art assistance, aid in the overall classroom prep for the day, or to simply experiment with new and exciting materials in an art setting Cory Johnson | Fulton County Expositor
Wauseon students’ art honored

By Cory Johnson

For the Expositor

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Reach Cory Johnson at [email protected]