Best of Show Art Students

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2019 marks the 51st year artwork has graced the halls of McDowell for the annual art show.  The seventh grade Best of Show winner was Olivia Bright and the eighth grade Best of Show winner was Aurora O’Phelan .  Pictured: Bright & O’Phelan

Poster Contest Winners

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The Pickaway County Soil & Water Conservation District recently announced the county winners of the annual poster competition.  Honorable Mention Winners from McDowell are:  Hope Akers,  Kinley Whited,  Tayla Tootle and Brock Pugh.  Aurora O’Phalen won Second Place and Olivia Bright won First Place in the Pickaway County Competition.  O’Phalen’s and Bright’s posters will compete at the state level.  Pictured: Row one:  Akers, Whited, Tootle  Row two:  Pugh, Bright, O’Phalen

Art Room News

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Congratulationsto Brookelynn Sadler and Trey Adkins.Their art work was chosen to be a part of the Ohio Art Education Association Central Region Art Exhibition.Congratulationsto Carson Summers whose art work will be a part of the state Youth Art Month Exhibition and to Allee Steele whose art work will be a part of the Young People’s Art Exhibition.Congratulationsalso goes to Jude Schaal who will have one of his art works in the regional art exhibition and who also received Honorable Mention on his Youth Art Month flag design at the state level.Congratulationsto Aurora O’Phelan who was the overall state winner on her graphic design in the Youth Art Month flag design competition.

Haylea Knisley Wins National Competition



Haylea Knisley was the first place winner in the 2018 National Association of Conservations Districts (NACD) in the grades 7-9 division.  Her work was chosen at the during the NACE’s 73rd Annual Meeting Inspirational Session.  Knisley who is a freshman at Logan Elm High School created her poster in Enrichment Art during 8th grade at McDowell Exchange School.  The theme for the 2018 competition was “Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home.”

Pumpkin Show Art Winners

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Pumpkin Show Art Winners!  Seventh grader Brooklynn Sadler received Best of Show on her quilt in the ages 13 - 18 category.  Ryliegh Garrett received second place on her pumpkin painting in the grades 4-6 category.  Eighth grader Eva Marshall received third place on her gridded watercolor painting in the grades 7 - 9 category.  

8th Grade Art

8th Grade Enrichment Art

In the 8th. grade Enrichment Art program, students are expected to grow in their understanding and appreciation of contemporary and historical art as found in various cultures as well as their own personal artistic development through the use of art criticism, art aesthetics and studio projects. Enrichment Art students work on teacher directed assignments and on some projects of their own choice. Student Self Evaluations will be written on each art work. At least six projects are required every nine weeks. The fee for Enrichment Art is $20.00 for the year.

Each student will need to bring their 7th. grade art folder back to school. We will continue filling it with notes, sketches, handouts, self evaluations, etc. Papers must be kept neat and organized. This will be a nice record of their junior high art experience. All students are to bring a pencil and eraser to every class. They are to remain in their places unless they are getting supplies. During presentation and demonstrations students are expected to be attentive. Quiet talking is permitted while working. All students are responsible for cleaning up all messes and returning all materials to their proper places. I expect all students to be working everyday in class. For each day students are not working 2 (two) points will be deducted from their final grade. All art students will have art work on display in the annual art show. Students are responsible for their work. Students that do not take their art work home will have their final art grade lowered.