Student artist in the spotlight: Malia Miller

Posted: Friday, September 14, 2007

Age: 6.

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Grade: First.

School: Gastineau Elementary School.

Art of choice: "Painting! I draw pictures with pencils, and markers and crayons. I have a green box I put my pictures in from last year, and I have pictures on the refrigerator at home. My favorite color is green, red and blue!"

Subject matter: "I like to draw trees and my family."

Work in progress: "I like painting on paper and on boxes (she just painted her book box in her class). I want to paint on a stable thing - like a triangle with a white board on it." She then drew a picture of what she was talking about - an easel.

Other art: She enjoys making clay sculptures.

All in the family: "My brother draws pictures of sharks and people with bombs."

Music or storybooks: "I like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star! I can actually read this chapter book; it's called 'Green Eggs and Ham.'"

Future plans: "I want to be in Mr. Kay's class. He was an art teacher last year. He's teaching fourth grade, I think."

You should know: "This summer, I was with my Aunt Cecelia and my cousin, Alex. I can do a handstand, and I can do a cartwheel."

Her teacher, Karen Larson, says: "Malia is a very serious artist. She enjoys painting landscapes, making sculpture and drawing. Her vivid imagination is expressed in her line drawing and bold use of color. Malia is very prolific. She likes to do several paintings at a time, each varied and unique! The details in her work convey a delightful sense of humor and give insight into the whimsical nature of this 6-year-old and her perspective on life."

• 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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