By CHERIL VERNON
Parents and community members were invited to attend a dinosaur-themed art show at Northside Primary School’s “Land Before Northside” event Thursday evening.
“We made five big dinosaurs from recycled water bottles. We have about 600 kids in kindergarten and first grade so getting supplies for all of them can be difficult, so we were trying to recycle household items that we could use to make some of the larger items,” Northside art teacher Misti King said. “The kids did it all — they took the labels off of the water bottles and did the painting, while I handled the gluing.”
The school was set up where you could walk through the hallways to see exhibit after exhibit of art work from the students ranging from water color, chalk and crayons, as well as classroom art projects such as cave drawings and dinosaur footprints plus special exhibits of the large five dinosaurs — complete with “caveman” students to bring the exhibit to life.
“We wanted to make it big so the kids would really get something out of it because it’s hands-on,” King said. “We want them to experience it so we tried to pick something they were learning about. They had to think about what the dinosaurs eat, where they live and their environment. We took it a step further and they wrote poems and worked on their writing. We wanted them to really experience this and bring it to life.”
Some of the kids got excited about the recycled dinosaurs and even made their own creations at home, King said.
“It’s amazing what they can do when they are enjoying what they are doing,” King said.
The students also had the opportunity to have their own exhibit area to show off their artwork.
“We let them pick their favorite art techniques they have used over the course of the school year,” King said.
To add to the “Land Before Northside” art show’s reptilian theme, Southside Elementary School student Ethan Niedecken, with assistance from his mother, Tracy Niedecken, brought his reptile collection to show off to the students.
“Last year we did a zoo-themed art show and this year we did dinosaurs. Next year we are going to do bugs,” King said.