Two art students in District 155, Kaitlyn Ellison and Kaitlin Martin, had their artwork selected to appear in this year’s Illinois Art Education Association (IAEA) state-wide student art show. Ellison submitted an original photograph and Martin created a piece using colored pencil.
“The piece of artwork that was selected for the show was a photograph I took of my sister through a sheet of ice. I took it in February of this year after the ice on our pool had started to melt. When I found out my piece won, I was very excited and honored I had won such an award. Everyone had such amazing pieces!” said Ellison, a sophomore at Crystal Lake Central.
Ellison is currently enrolled in Art and Design with Crystal Lake Central Art teacher, Kerry Parrish and has previously taken Visual Art & Technology and Photo I. She is interested in pursuing a career in photojournalism.
“She is a very hardworking, and talented photographer, the honor is well deserved. She is also a Scholastic Art and Writing Gold Award Winner, so other agencies have recognized her work,” said Parrish of Ellison.
Martin, a junior at Prairie Ridge, was one of three 11th graders whose artwork was selected for the art show. She has taken several art classes at Prairie Ridge, including Studio 1, Studio 2: 2D, Studio 2: 3D, and AP® Studio.
“I am thrilled to have Kaitlin's artwork selected. Kaitlin is a hard working student with lots of great ideas. Although the piece selected highlights Kaitlin's drawing abilities she has also had 3d work selected for the IHSAE as well. She is a very skilled artist and an all around great person,” said Aaron Cummins, Art teacher at Prairie Ridge.
Students across Illinois in grades kindergarten through high school submitted their work at the end of last year and over 40 pieces of artwork will be featured on the IAEA’s website all year. Elementary, middle school and high school teachers served as judges for the art show. Submissions were judged on creativity, originality, craftsmanship, and personality.
Crystal Lake Central and Prairie Ridge are the only school in the district that enters to be in the art show. To see D155 students’ artwork and view the IAEA student art show in full, click here: https://ilaea.org/programs-events/student-show/