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South Jefferson Elementary Announces Student Art Exhibition

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Elizabeth Goins, right, guides a South Jefferson Elementary student as she creates holes in her journal as part of the binding process. The Handbound Journal, a student art exhibition coordinated by the school’s art teacher, Sarah DeAnna, will be on display April 28-29 at the Potomac Valley Audubon Society’s Cool Spring Preserve. 

 

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South Jefferson Elementary art students are shown creating colorful designs for their personalized journals. The Handbound Journal, a student art exhibition coordinated by the school’s art teacher, Sarah DeAnna, will be on display April 28-29 at the Potomac Valley Audubon Society’s Cool Spring Preserve.

 

 

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. (April 24, 2018) — South Jefferson Elementary School is pleased to announce The Handbound Journal, a student art exhibition coordinated by the school’s art teacher, Sarah DeAnna. The exhibition will showcase visual art journals created by students in first through fifth grade. 

 

DeAnna received a Teaching Arts Creatively (TAC) Grant from the Jefferson Arts Council, which funded a multi-week artist residency at the school. Visiting artist Elizabeth “Liz” Goins, a local bookbinder and paper artist, guided the students through the process of binding their art journals by hand using a stab binding and sewing technique.

 

“The goal of this project is to introduce students to visual art journaling as a means of artmaking,” DeAnna said. “Visual journals utilize techniques in which artists combine multimedia images and text in a book format. These journals are like sketch books in their formatting, but they become more than just a planning space for larger art pieces—they become the art piece itself.”

 

Student journals on display showcase a variety of artistic techniques—including drawing, painting, printmaking, collage and word art. The Handbound Journal will be on display to the public April 28 from 3 to 5 p.m., and April 29 from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Potomac Valley Audubon Society’s Cool Spring Preserve, located at 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town, WV 25414.

 

This project is funded, in part, by the Jefferson Arts Council, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts—with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts. This exhibition is also made possible through the Potomac Valley Audubon Society.

 

To learn more about South Jefferson Elementary, visit https://boe.jeff.k12.wv.us/Domain/16

 

To learn more about Jefferson County Schools, visit https://boe.jeff.k12.wv.us

 

About Jefferson County Schools

 

The mission of Jefferson County Schools is: “Through excellence in teaching and learning, Jefferson County Schools will ensure that all students value themselves and others, contribute to their community and succeed in a global society.” Jefferson County Schools represents one of the top academic districts in the state of West Virginia. The school district employs more than 1,100 staff members and enrolls more than 9,000 students. The 2017 West Virginia Teacher of the Year is a Jefferson County Schools teacher and we proudly support our outstanding professional and service staff.