4.20.15: Winning student posters displayed during Spring Fair
4.20.15: Winning student posters displayed during Spring Fair
Posted on 04/13/2015

Ferris wheels, roller coasters, pig races, scones, cows, and fair games are among the many colorful images that make up winning student artwork in this year’s Washington State Spring Fair/Puyallup School District poster project.


The winning posters, as well as those selected for honorable mention, were featured during the Washington State Spring Fair April 16-19.


The posters focus on the annual Spring Fair theme and were displayed on the first floor of the Pavilion at the Washington State Fair Events Center in downtown Puyallup.


Judges reviewed more than 1,000 pieces of artwork depicting the Spring Fair before naming the winners in the eighth annual poster project. The student work is the culmination of classroom lessons integrating art and social studies in second grade and in junior high art classes.


Art mediums ranged from crayons and colored pencils to oils, watercolors, and poster paints.


First place winners this year are Soren Bartlett, a second grader in Christel Lowney’s class at Fruitland Elementary School, and Isaac Corpuz, a seventh grader in Margaret Langston’s class at Stahl Junior High.

Bartlett and Corpuz received 10 Spring Fair gate admission tickets, 12 ride tickets, and a basket of art supplies. Their artwork has also been featured on the Spring Fair’s website, as well as incorporated on a banner that will be displayed during the four-day event.


Second place honors went to Ethan Cusumano, a second grader in Melissa Strobel’s class at Spinning Elementary, and Cate Bules, a ninth grader in Andrea Bellerive’s class at Glacier View Junior High.


Braden Vach, a second grader in Phyllis Ciocca’s class at Shaw Road Elementary, and Maddie Meissel, an eighth grader in Trish DeGroot-Espinoza’s class at Kalles Junior High, won third place.


Each school that submitted artwork received a $100 gift card from the Spring Fair for art supplies. Schools with the top three winners received additional donations — $300 for first place, $250 for second place, and $150 for third place — to purchase art supplies.

The annual project integrates art with social studies and introduces students to career paths that focus on strong artistic skills, said Brian Fox, the school district’s executive director of communications, information, and arts education.


Students interviewed family members or friends from an older generation, for example, about what it was like to attend the Spring Fair in years gone by, he said.


Each second grade teacher was provided a DVD outlining the Spring Fair, and how to integrate the lesson into their art and social studies curriculum. Junior high art teachers received a DVD outlining how posters can be used as communication tools, and showed examples to illustrate the various elements.

Washington State Fair Chief Executive Officer Kent Hojem added, “The Washington State Spring Fair has a strong commitment to youth educational activities each spring, and our partnership with the Puyallup School District is a highlight. We started this art project in 2008, and it is an excellent way to enhance the arts in the education curriculum. Having the opportunity to recognize so many artistic students in our community by displaying their creations has become a tradition at the Spring Fair.”



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