Texas Middle School Art Student Scores Top Grade at Visual Arts Junior Regional School Event


Elizabeth Sharp, a student at Texas Middle School, recently received an excellent grade (4) in Division 2 at the Visual Arts Junior Regional School Event (JrVASE).

Sponsored by the Texas Art Education Association, JrVASE offers students the opportunity to bring works of art created in their art classes to a regional event where they are interviewed by a certified juror who evaluates their work based on a column based on standards and their understanding of the artistic processes involved in the development of their work. Only eligible students in Grades 6-8 enrolled in public or private schools in Texas may participate. Each student is allowed to submit a maximum of two art entries.

Sharp’s work was a surreal oil pastel expressing his vision of the power and beauty of a volcano. According to his self-expression statement, “Although it contains flowers and natural scenery, it also has a sudden sense of power within it at all times. The volcano holds all the cards because you never know when it will use the force it contains.

“I identify with this because I am a strong person and I believe I will be able to do whatever I set out to do,” said Sharp. “Your brain is a weapon within you and to use it is my own form of power.”

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