Student Artist in the Spotlight: Elizabeth Bryson

Posted: Friday, April 11, 2008

Age: 11.

Grade: Fifth.

School: Mendenhall River Community School

Art of choice: Piano.

Reason: "As I say, nothing gives you the greatest thrill than doing what you are great at. I can expand my artistic abilities by attending the activities I enjoy, such as Alaska Youth choir, piano, and drawing."

Experience: "I can't say how long I've been practicing drawing. I say, I was born a natural artist. I have been doing piano ever since I was 6 or 7. And I have only just started Alaska Youth Choir this year, I am already going to Hawaii for a concert in July. So I could not put a time on it. The way I look at it is that each different ability is one of the many treasures of life."

All in the family: "My sister, Elena, was once exposed to the idea of the piano, but went back to other athletic events, so I'm the only one."

Favorite artists: "I do not have much preference on things, but I do like Leonardo da Vinci. Because of my large music (interests) I do not have any favorites. As I am a unique person, just as everyone else is, I consider that I draw better realistically than animated. But I do try to grasp new ways."

Future plans: "I probably will keep on expanding my knowledge, because as I said abilities are treasures in life. ... I will probably have my job to enjoy, and maybe if the ground is shaky, I'll have one to keep myself financially afloat."

Activites: "I'm in Extended Learning Class and I won the Continental Math League contest one year."

Wacky art: "I personally think that an artist could design silly fabric patterns. And they would probably work with water paints, or other supplies to draw the design for the fabric. They would probably be in a room with nothing else to do, so they wouldn't wander off from work."

You should know: "My family owns both Subways and the Lion Jump that goes around town. I also have a Bearded Dragon Lizard, tarantula, snake, millipede, and lots of mice. I do cook too. I cook my family meals every once in a awhile. And also, I can turn my right wrist around 360 degrees because I broke it before."

Her teacher, Kim Janelle, says: "Elizabeth's talent in the arts covers many spectrums. She is a gifted artist, singer, musician, and writer. No matter what the medium, Elizabeth's artwork is exceptional beyond her years. Elizabeth approaches her art with confidence yet gives thoughtful consideration and takes her time to complete a project. Elizabeth is as artistic with words as she is a paintbrush. She writes in many genres, painting clear images in the readers' mind.

"Elizabeth is a born performer, and is always eager to participate in music class, whether it's singing, acting, or playing piano. When Mr. Maas, her music teacher, started an after-school piano class, Elizabeth volunteered to come and help him teach even though she is already an accomplished pianist. Her eagerness to help is invaluable, not to mention she's a great model to show other students what is possible!"

• 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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