Student artists in the spotlight: Shawna Else and Alexandra Crowder

Posted: Friday, November 16, 2007

Shawna Else (right)

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Age: 15.

Grade: 10th.

School: Juneau-Douglas High School.

Art of choice: Sculpture.

Experience: Four years. "I was first introduced to ceramics and sculpture in seventh grade, and I chose to continue with it because I love creating things with my hands."

Reason: "It's fun knowing you can make something out of pretty much nothing by yourself."

All in the family: "My grandmother is talented at painting, but none of my family has worked with clay."

Favorites: "I love the style and simplicity of Rie Munoz's work. I love bold colors and unique styles."

Future plans: "I hope to continue with this as long as I can and hopefully learn all I can about new ways to create different pieces. My short term goal is to graduate high school, and my long term goal is to become a veterinarian."

Activites: "I am a member of the American Boarding Kennel Association and have become a certified pet care technician. I am also on the JDHS bowling team."

Wacky art: An "artist could do anything. I've heard of many people using toenails and hair in their pieces, but an artist could go much wackier."

Alexandra Crowder (left)

Age: 15.

Grade: 10th.

School: Juneau-Douglas High School.

Art of choice: "I love sculpting, drawing and painting."

Experience: Three years.

Reason: "I have always enjoyed art. I like it because it comes naturally to me."

All in the family: "I am the only one who finds art as an enjoyable hobby in my family."

Favorites: "M.C. Escher is the artist I most admire because of his ability to be playful yet realistic."

Future plans: "I will strive to continue my art as well as broadening my future techniques. I would love to go to college and study further art."

Activites: JDHS bowling team.

Wacky art: "Artists can do anything, but if I were to choose, I love the intensity of sidewalk 3-dimensional art."

You should know: "Considering my joyful personality, I write morbidly disturbing poems."

Their art teacher Jan Neimeyer says: "Alexandra and Shawna are both talented artists who strive to create original pieces of art. They have worked as a team on several large sculptures. I'm impressed by their thoughtful planning of their projects, as well as their attention to details. They often experiment with found objects to create interesting textures. The dragon's scales were made by impressing lace into the clay.

They each have strengths they bring to their artwork, and as a team (or individually), they are dynamic to watch as they create amazing artwork."

• 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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