Oak Elementary Student’s Art Celebrated at State Fair
SALEM, Oregon – Fifth grade student Brienna Walder of Oak Elementary in Albany was honored during a reception held at the Oregon State Fair along with 12 other students on Sunday, August 25. Brienna’s artwork was selected among 2,100 entries submitted to the AITC Calendar Art Contest, sponsored by Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation (AITC). The AITC Calendar Art Contest showcases Oregon’s diverse agricultural and natural resource commodities.
This year, artwork was submitted by students kindergarten through sixth grade across the state in public, private, charter and homeschool education systems featuring Oregon agriculture and natural resources. The entries received celebrated Oregon’s diverse agriculture with artwork depicting a wide variety of Oregon’s 220 agricultural commodities. Brienna’s artwork featured a farmer’s market and can be viewed on the September page of the calendar. In describing her artwork, Brienna said, “I couldn’t actually decide on one single Oregon product to draw, so I decided to draw a picture that had a lot of products all in one place.”
Brienna also said, “I chose to draw a farmers market for my entry because every year we have a downtown Albany farmers market where local farmers can bring their produce to sell. Our family enjoys eating the foods from the Albany Farmers market in the summer and fall. I found out that Albany’s farmers market is the oldest outdoor market in Oregon. That is what inspired this idea.”
“The calendar contest is a great project for teachers and students. It gives them an opportunity to teach and discuss about the bounty and beauty of Oregon agriculture and incorporate art into their classrooms,” said Jessica Jansen, AITC Executive Director. Each month in the calendar features one of the winning student’s art and each day of the year has a fact about agriculture.
The thirteen students selected to be featured in our 2019-2020 calendar received a $50 award and certificate to commemorate this honor. The winning artwork will be displayed at the Oregon State Fair which runs through Labor Day in Salem. Calendars are free to Oregon teachers, and can be ordered for just $4 on oregonaitc.org/shop.
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Media Contact: Brittany Capell, Education Programs Coordinator Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation