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Washougal students celebrate local history through art contest

The Columbian
Published: June 15, 2024, 5:37am

WASHOUGAL – Cape Horn-Skye Elementary School and Canyon Creek Middle School students used art skills developed throughout the year to compete in a contest celebrating local history, with winning submissions featured at the annual Parkersville Day celebration on June 1. Art teacher Alice Yang connected art lessons with history lessons, and students created sculptures, paintings, drawings, and embroidered fabrics that celebrate the Camas-Washougal history.

Artwork was judged by Molly Coston, Susan Tripp, and Roland Tripp, with winners selected in each of three grade-level categories.

Yang introduces art media to students, and lets them choose which to use for various projects. Yang said, “When I went back for my masters in art education, I learned about choice-based art. Rather than the whole class doing the same art project, our classroom is run like a real art studio. Students learn how to use different media and can choose to create their artworks based on what medium they want to explore.”

The student artwork will be on display at the Port of Camas-Washougal’s office through the summer.