Westonka Fourth-Graders Earn Youth Art Month Awards
Hilltop Primary School fourth-grader Enya Lampinen was awarded second place in the 2021 Youth Art Month competition for her pastel drawing of an owl (pictured above left). Shirley Hills Primary School fourth-grader Anna Zhuk earned fourth place for her piece inspired by the work of Romare Bearden (pictured above right).
February 25, 2021 — Fourth-graders Enya Lampinen from Hilltop Primary School and Anna Zhuk from Shirley Hills Primary School won second and fourth place, respectively, in the 2021 Youth Art Month exhibition sponsored by the Art Educators of Minnesota.
Lampinen and Zhuk were among 12 Westonka students selected for the prestigious, statewide competition, which was held virtually this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. "All of the students who were entered in the competition have shown exemplary creativity and discipline in their artwork, and we couldn't be more proud of them," said Hilltop art teacher Klair Hans.
Lampinen created her owl using chalk pastel, and looked closely at a photograph to capture all the details. She said, "I like how you can be creative in art. I feel excited that I got second place! It was hard to make my owl, but it was fun."
Zhuk created her artwork with fabric and construction paper. She chose Romare Bearden for an artist research project and was inspired by his artworks. Zhuk said, "Art is inspiring and it can calm me down. I am very excited that my artwork was chosen!"
All of the winning artwork from around the state will be displayed online during Youth Art Month at aem-mn.org starting on Monday, March 1.