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Art Students Making a Difference

Submitted by lana.hiskey on Mon, 01/25/2016 - 3:30pm
Lana Hiskey

Springville Junior High's drawing teacher, Ms. Wallace, started with the idea of engaging her students in a project that would make positive changes in the world with their talent. One area the students focused on was researching clean water. 

Through a scratchboard project, Springville Junior High drawing students created amazing black and white textures of endangered species that have been affected by neglect to take better care of the world. To help with the global water crises, the drawing students are printing amazing images produced from the endangered species project into gift cards and selling them. The proceeds will go to a partner school in Nigeria Africa to provide clean water. The cards are half sheet sizes with a fold and envelope that goes with it. To buy the cards, contact

Katelyn Hollister, eighth-grade student artist, said, “I had no idea I was descent at scratchboard. I learned that I can find different ways with different mediums to make fur look good. Scratchboard is a way to do that. I think it was a good thing to choose animals for our scratchboard pictures.”

Traer Petersen, ninth-grade student artist, said, “I learned to push what I could do. I didn't know I could do it that good. The content of my piece is endangered animals. I want to help them, but I don't know how. Now, I know that we should try not to burn as much fossil fuels and keep pollution out of the air.”

Ms. Wallace stated, “Through research, the students learned that our world’s atmosphere and ocean are warming through the use of fossil fuels, nitrous oxides, deforestation and fertilizers, and pollution acidity in oceans that are releasing sky rocketing amounts green house gases. The climate crises is unprecedented in it’s scale and complexity. The endangered species has tripled and clean water is the number one killer of people and animals. In the next few years, half of our animal species could be wiped out.”

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