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Local Artist Helps Hampstead Students Create Environmental Mural

Release Date: 4/11/2011 10:28:59 AM

Local ceramic artist Terry Whye is working as an artist-in-residence at Hampstead Elementary School through a grant provided by the Maryland State Arts Council and matched by the Hampstead PTO. She is helping students create a ceramic mural, which will be installed in the school’s media center.
     
The theme of the mural is “Our Yard to the Bay in Clay.” It will depict the water cycle from rain as it falls in Hampstead and makes its way to the Chesapeake Bay. The project’s theme is closely aligned with the Carroll County Science Curriculum for all grade levels.
     
Whye, art teacher Barbara Hammond, and fifth grade students are working on the major components of the mural every Monday through Thursday from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. through approximately May 12, 2011. They will be applying color to the sculptures in mid-April. Students in grades K-4 are also adding small details to the mural. The mural will be unveiled during a Fine Arts Night to be scheduled in June.
     
The project is being conducted in conjunction with the school’s Green Team, which is comprised of students, teachers, and community members. Sharon Bailey of the Prettyboy Watershed Alliance has been meeting with the group. The Green Team will meet on Monday, April 18, to plant a garden, and will hold an end-of-the-year celebration on Monday, May 2. The meetings are held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Hampstead Elementary School earned Green School status last year.

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