SIKESTON - When you feel good about an accomplishment, it shows, which explains why Ginger Miller's art students are beaming from ear to ear.
The Sikeston High School sculpture design class took seriously its assignment to create a non-objective (doesn't have to be real thing) or realistic sculpture, and the students worked hard to make their creations something they and their teacher would be proud of.
As it turns out, their efforts have placed them in the limelight. The Sikeston Public Library is displaying their art work, which includes everything from a cross made of cardboard, wood and papier-mache' and finished with latex paint and sand, to a dragonfly created with wires of different thicknesses.
Miller is delighted the library is showing its support of the students by letting them display their works. "The students work hard producing their art and I think the community takes interest in what we are doing," she said. "We began displaying art at the public library last year and found that many people took notice and expressed positive comments to the library staff. We feel very at home in the library and feel a connection with the community while showing our work."
On display for the past 10 weeks, the students obviously are proud of their work being shown, as many have taken family and friends to the exhibit.
Although between going to school and working hasn't left Justin Morton with any spare time to run by the library and see his work, he says he is proud it's there.
"I did a papier-mache' project that's a big black piece that fades into a blue and a red," said the 17-year-old. "I didn't really plan on it being any certain thing, I just kept on doing it. It took me about two to three and a half weeks. It wasn't very hard, just monotonous. I think it's pretty cool that it's at the library."
"We have added to the display as work is completed beginning in early September," noted Miller. "The first pieces were bas-relief or low-relief which were mostly hanging works. Then we worked with wire. Next, papier-mache' over cardboard and wood structures. Many were then finished with plaster and latex paint. Also we completed subtractive (carving) in cement and vermiculite. We are currently working with clay and will be anxious to display these pieces. Artistic students have the ability to create expressions for viewing so that others may see and feel something or react to it in some way."
And her students have voiced their self expressions through their projects in a number of ways, from humorous pieces to whimsical artwork. Others have chosen to design art that offers clues about what the artist is trying to say, while some prefer to create something that leaves a lot of imagination to the viewer.
Fifteen-year-old Berneatress Hunt said she was still working on her first project, her name surrounded by flames, when most of the class had gone on to the next assignment. But, she said, it was worth it.
"I chose to do that one because I just like to draw my name all the time," she giggled. "It took me awhile, about a month. I got to use a lot of different materials including plaster of Paris and other stuff. I really liked working on this project. I like having the project at the library, too. I like it a lot because everybody can see my art somewhere else besides at school."
And it's not just the library who is supporting the 10, 11 and 12th-grade students. Miller said the community has been very kind.
"The community is so giving," she said appreciatively. "Alan Wire gives us wire, Good Humor-Breyers gives us cardboard, Midway Wholesale Supply gives us vermiculite and Heartland Wood Products gives us wood. This is a way to give back."