Student Artist in the Spotlight: Jasmine Isturis

Posted: Friday, February 02, 2007

Age: 12.

Grade: 7.

School: Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

On her work: "I did this mask for a school project. I liked this project because, now, when my brother is gone, I have something to remind me of him! No, I'm joking, it doesn't look like him. My mask took about two and a half weeks. It is from New Zealand."

All in the family: "My sister Christina does a lot of really good drawings. That's where I got my drawing from."

Favorite artists: "Louise Nevelson is my favorite artist, because I also had to do a project in art class on her."

Future plans: She wants to learn more art with her sister Christina.

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Other things we should know: "I'm turning 13 on Feb. 12! Also, my Grandma is my hero, because she adopted me! I love her!"

Her teacher, Jamie Marks, says: "Jasmine portrays the qualities that make an artist, a classmate, and an individual outstanding. She is kind to others, is very focused, pays attention to detail, and works extra hours to make things right. She plans ahead for her academic work and artwork, but still allows for spontaneous, good ideas to enhance her work. Jasmine is a quiet girl by nature, so it isn't what she says that inspires me, it's what she does."

• 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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