Innovative creations at Riderwood in Art Goes Green [Towson]

Riderwood Elementary School is welcoming spring with an explosion of Earth-centered art and environmental accolades.

A full year of lessons and projects about the earth and environmentalism culminated in the school's 6th annual art show on April 29. Art Goes Green, the brainchild of art teacher Candice Kirschnick, transformed the school's halls into colorful visual displays representing the four seasons and starring students' two- and three-dimensional artwork.

In addition to celebrating the student artwork, the school also learned that it was named a Maryland Green School after a two-year application process.

The art show served as the perfect party to cap off the school's success.

All of the student artwork was made from recycled, upcycled or repurposed materials. Throughout the year, Kirschnick taught about different artists and techniques while weaving in important lessons about taking care of the earth.

Third-grade students were inspired by Georgia O'Keefe's use of vibrant colors as they painted old umbrellas to hang in the Spring Hallway. In fifth grade, students studied the colorful glass sculptures of artist Dale Chihuly and turned plastic bottles into tropical flowers for the Summer Hallway, while second graders decorated the Fall Hallway with zany monsters made out of tissue boxes.

The centerpiece of the show was a bottle cap mural inspired by Vincent van Gogh's "The Starry Night." All students and faculty contributed to the construction of the mural, which will be permanently installed in the school.

In addition to the art exhibit, fifth-grade students participated in a "Trashion" Show, where they walked along the runway in outfits created from recycled materials. Students made dresses from lollipop wrappers, jackets out of chip bags, sombreros from soda cups and shoes out of soda bottles.

On April 30, Loch Raven Technical Academy art students held their own "Natural Elements" Fashion Show during the school's Annual Showcase Night. Students paraded across the stage in outfits made from natural materials representing wind, water, fire and earth.

Congratulations to Notre Dame Preparatory School's Claire Ford, of Timonium, who was named the McCormick Unsung Hero for 2014. Ford was recognized for her dedication, work ethic, selfless attitude, and positive outlook and received a $36,000 scholarship toward her attendance in the University of Maryland's Scholars Program this fall.

NDP Headmistress, Sister Patricia McCarron, commended Ford on her accomplishment. "In her quiet way, she has modeled leadership for her team and has exemplified Notre Dame's values of service, justice and compassion."

This was the 74th annual event McCormick & Co. has sponsored to recognize unselfish team play and honor those who contribute substantially to the success of their teams without receiving acclaim.

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