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Turning lines, shapes, colors into works of art

Kelli Harrah, with the Huntington Museum of Art, instructs students from Burlington Elementary School during a special art presentation Wednesday.

Kelli Harrah, with the Huntington Museum of Art, instructs students from Burlington Elementary School during a special art presentation Wednesday.

 

BURLINGTON — Students at Burlington Elementary got a chance to express themselves artistically on Thursday.

A representative of the Huntington Museum of Art visited the school and taught the children from the school’s second grade about the fundamentals of art.

Kelli Harrah, a museum-trained teacher and artist from the Museum Making Connections program, gave the students a lesson in the school’s cafeteria, where she explained elements such as lines, shapes, forms, color, texture and space.

Following the lesson, the students returned to their three classrooms, where they each worked on a project based on the lesson.

In Amanda Clay’s classroom, the students were asked to draw three animals with pencils and markers, which they then cut out and placed in a construction paper habitat.

The choice of animals was up to the children, and papers were soon filled with cats, dogs, birds, turtles, wolves, butterflies, cheetahs and even a mermaid.

Harrah, who is a graduate of Marshall University’s College of Fine Arts, said she regularly visits second grade classrooms throughout Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky.

“I take one hour to teach them about implementing the elements of art,” she said.

Clay said the lesson provided the children with a good opportunity.

“I think it allows for students to have a creative outlets and it lets them express ideas,” she said.