Student artist in the spotlight: Naavah Spady

Posted: Friday, October 12, 2007

Age: 8.

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Grade: Second.

School: Mendenhall River Community School.

Experience: "Since I was a toddler in preschool."

Art of choice: "I like to draw faces and draw people. My favorite artwork I've done was sunset. I did it with colored pencils."

Current project: "We've been working on 3-D art, which we're doing with 3-D glasses."

Artist's tips: "You have to push really hard with the crayons. I pushed so hard I broke my crayon! Last year I drew some gerbils that looked like scorpions."

All in the family: "My mom, she likes to do roses, and my brother is really good at drawing!" According to her mother, she does a lot of art with her grandmother, Patty. (The painting in the photo was done with her grandmother.)

Activites: "I hardly watch TV anymore. And sometimes I just feel like doing math. I play basketball. I do Native Olympics; I do the 2-foot high kick and the stick pull. I also have play dates with my friends, Dakota and Kayla."

Art desire: "I would like to do jewelry making."

Future plans: "Me, Dakota and Kayla would like to put our families together and live together. Maybe I'll go to college."

You should know: "When I'm alone, I'm smart. My friends and my mom think I'm funny. I try to fix people's problems. Mostly it works."

Her teacher from last year, Greg Beck, says: "Naavah has the ability to stick with an art project or drawing until she gets the results she wants. Long after most students had moved on to other projects, Naavah would be focused on coloring a design or completing a project. She always has a great eye for color. ... She has a way of capturing a feeling in her 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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