A vast assortment of art pieces created by local students are on display at Tooele High School as part of a special art show.
The Tooele County School District’s Annual Student Art Show started Monday at the THS cafeteria and will run through March 20. The display is open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The show includes the artwork of Tooele Valley High School and junior high school students. To name a few, there are oil paintings, pencil drawings, graphite sketches, pottery, graphic arts, photographs, three-dimensional mixed media, and more.
Included in the show are pieces of artwork that have a unique connection to the student that created the work.
Peter Imlay, from Tooele High School, fashioned an eagle out of clay titled, “Eagle for Dad.” Imlay’s father recently passed away after Peter received his Eagle Scout award.
Another clay piece named “Bass Vase,” was made by KeAndria Newingham of Stansbury High School. Resembling a string base, the scroll lifts off from the main body of the bass to reveal a place that could be used to hide cookies or candy as well as hold a bouquet of flowers.
Ciara Miller of Grantsville High School, entered her clay representation of a pair of dance shoes in the art show.
The art show entries will be judged by a group of local artists and former art teachers and first, second, and third places awarded in the categories of drawing, painting, mixed media, graphic arts, photography and pottery.
The judges’ awards will be announced during an awards ceremony on March 13 at 6:30 p.m.
Along with the top three in each category, the judges will also award a best of show award in the junior and senior high school divisions.
Each school principal and assistant principal will select an individual art piece to receive an administrator’s choice award.
Schools with students in the art show include Tooele, Stansbury, and Grantsville High schools, and Tooele, Clarke Johnsen, and Grantsville Junior High schools. Students from the Community Learning Center’s graphic arts program also submitted entries.
Art students not only develop creative skills, they also learn to appreciate art and make connections between art and other subjects, according to Chris Wilcox, THS pottery teacher.
The mental process used to create art pieces helps students develop other skills, according to Francis Potter, THS photography teacher.
“Art students learn to solve problems and think outside the box,” Potter said.