As National Youth Art Month drew to a close, more than 100 student artists in the Carlisle Area School District had their artwork on display at the Carlisle Arts Learning Center Friday for the student art exhibit.
The learning center is separate from the school art programs, executive director Carrie Breschi said.
“We’re a community arts center. We promote the arts as a way to make life better,” she added.
All the art on display at CALC for the student exhibition was done in school and the students’ teachers chose which pieces to display.
“I personally feel it’s really important for children to showcase their art,” Breschi said.
Sue Sheaffer, a scupture and ceramics teacher at Carlisle Area High School, was present Friday for the exhibit’s opening.
“I like that the community has opened its arms to us. We have such an artsy community anyway and this encourages students to contine with their work. It’s great, too, that CALC is here for them to express themselves,” Sheaffer said.
“Businesses want creative people. The big thing is getting people thinking creatively,” she added.
For senior art student Lindsay Weltmer, the Carlisle High School art program has encouraged her passion for art. So much so, in fact, that she plans to attend Kutztown University and major in art education in the fall.
She’s been involved with art programs since middle school, she said, and her favorite medium is pencil.
“That’s my thing. I feel I have more control, I can manipulate the lines better,” she said.
At the other end of the school spectrum, first-grader Owen Starner, who attends North Dickinson Elementary School, was excited to show off his crayon cave art drawing.
“There’s a deer and a cow and an ox. They’re jumping,” he said. “It’s fun to get to drawn our own pictures and it’s fun to add extra color so it looks nice.”
Starner, the son of Tim and Malinda, wants to be an artist when he grows up and added that his favorite painting is da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa.”