Student Artist in the Spotlight: Ethan Seid

Posted: Friday, January 26, 2007

Age: 11.

Grade: Fifth.

School: Gastineau Elementary School.

Art of choice: Violin.

Reason: "When I was 3, a 12-year-old boy that I knew played the violin really well at a concert. I told my mom that I wanted to play the violin just like him."

Experience: 5 years.

All in the family: "Everyone in my family is musical. My younger brother is also a violinist. My dad plays cello, and my mom sings and plays guitar."

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Favorite artists: "I love classical music and rock! My favorite composer is Bach. My favorite violinist would have to be Jascha Heifitz. My favorite rock band is AC/DC."

Future plans: "I will keep playing the violin. As I get older, it gets a lot more fun. Now I get to play famous pieces that I've heard on CDs and in the orchestra. ... Well, I'm definitely going to college. But when I grow up, I want to either play hockey in the NHL or play soccer in the English Premier League."

Activities: Soccer, hockey and baseball.

Wacky art: "Something that would definitely fit the scale of 'wacky' would be taking some kind of rock music and turning it into an orchestral piece. Or turning a classical piece of music into a rock song."

You should know: "I am a sports fanatic. Especially during baseball season. And I have a stinky dog named Bob."

His classroom teacher, Monica Haygood, says: "Ethan in an inspiring artist. He views art in a very profound and intellectual manner, often bringing very interesting viewpoints to class discussions. I have seen repeatedly how Ethan's ideas inspire and motivate his peers. Ethan is a very visual person and is talented at expressing himself through his artwork using a variety of mediums. In addition, his confidence as an artist greatly enhances the risks he is willing to take while working on a piece of art."

• Student Artist in the Spotlight is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program. To have your student art included, contact your school office.

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