On Wednesday, April 17, 15 art students from Colo-NESCO took part in the North Tama Art Invitational.

The invitational was made up of 10 categories from which students could choose to enter. Categories included Digital, Painting, Mixed Media 2D, Photography, Ceramic Hand Thrown, Ceramic Hand Built, Drawing Pencil, Drawing Other, Sculpture and Watercolor Paint.

The invitational also had three sessions the students could attend, with guest speakers including Alissa Walton in dark fantasy art, children’s book illustrator Pat McIntosh and Liz Gaffney, who worked with students on large canvas art.

At the end of the day, two C-N students received ribbons for their artwork.

Malia Smith, a junior, received first place in the Pencil Drawing category and second place in the Digital category, and Izabell Voelker, a freshman, placed third in Photography with her photo titled ‘Pinecones.’

Even though it’s a small district, Colo-NESCO has three art classes available for high school students, and art teacher Tessa Crist feels the basics of all art media is covered quite well.

“I am, however, always searching for ways to best expand the program and try to gather input from current students and keep up with the skills students will need or want most for their futures in the 21st century,” commented Crist.

As you can see from all of the different categories at the Tama Art Invitational, art isn’t limited to pencils and paper. Scrap pieces of iron or extra bolts can be arranged to create a spectacular sculpture. What one person may think is trash, someone with a creative mind may think is a treasure.

With all of the different techniques of art, supplies sometimes can run short. “We always love supply donations,” exclaimed Crist. “Our most pressing needs are pencils, paint brushes, old paint and any old art supplies you no longer use.” The awesome thing about art (is) we can usually use anything and turn it into art.”

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” — Edgar Deggs