March is Youth Art Month!

At the 2018 Tucson Festival of Books there were three winners of the Young Illustrator Competition from the Tanque Verde Unified School District: Brett L., a 7th grade student at EGJHS, has been chosen as a winner for the 5th year in a row. The other two talented TVUSD winners of this contest are in 2nd grade at TVES, Jade G. (“Owl”) and Jordan S. (“Cardinal”)Their winning art work is featured here. The artwork of these TVUSD student artists was selected by a panel of judges from among 100s of other young artists. They were honored at an awards ceremony on Saturday, March 10th, where they received an award of a $100 gift certificate to Sarnoff Art Supply. The awards were presented by Tucson Mayor, Johnathan Rothschild.


 Artist Brett L., "Horse," 7th Grade, Emily Gray JHS 

Artist Jade G., "Owl," 2nd Grade, Tanque Verde ES           Artist Jordan S., "Cardinal," 2nd Grade, Tanque Verde ES


Congratulations also go out to Isabel C. at Tanque Verde High School for winning Best of Drawing at the Pima County Main Library High School Invitational, for her original work titled, “Sasha, from Russia,” which was part of the Memory Project sponsored by her class and the TVHS Chapter of the National Art Honor Society. Isabel was awarded a $50 gift card from Bookman's and was honored at a reception and awards ceremony on March 24th at the Main Library. 


Isabel C., "Sasha, from Russia," Tanque Verde HS 


Also during Youth Art Month, Tanque Verde Elementary School held its annual TVES Art Show & Auction benefitting the elementary school art programs.  Governing Board President, Ms. Susan Fry, was in attendance, and she noted, “The event was truly amazing; with beautiful student artwork and class projects everywhere the eye could see.” 


The portable folding art display boards which were in use at the event were funded by Char’s Art Fund, a charitable organization which raises awareness and funding for the needs of the TVUSD Elementary Art Program. Ms. Marrano expressed her appreciation for the support of former Tanque Verde elementary art teacher Charlene Atkinson and the fund which bears her name.  Tax deductible donations to Char's Art Fund may be directed to the TVUSD District Office (these are not Tax Credit donations.)


At Agua Caliente Elementary School, Ms. Jenine Grisez has been working with 4th grade art students on a project for the statewide “WeAreAZ” 4th Grade Collaborative Student Visual Art competition. Also this month, at Bear Canyon Library, ACES 5th grade multi-media artwork is on display. Celebrating the Year of the Dog and the artistic style of American artist George Rodrigue, students created a paper collage background with a specific setting, then drew and used watercolor pencils to paint their "Blue Dog." Fun, colorful, and interesting work! Be sure to stop by and see it!


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