Cheery, colorful yearbooks coming to Butler, Bellville

CLEAR FORK VALLEY — The face of the yearbooks at the Butler and Bellville schools is going to be a bit more cheery this year.

Art created by talented youngsters at the Butler and Bellville elementary schools will grace the covers of the books.

The project was the idea of Jenessa Luzader, the art teacher who serves both schools.

She decided it would be a good idea to get the students more involved in the events they see happening around them.

The sites at both the Bellville and Butler buildings have been drastically altered, because construction crews are zooming around in the move to put up two new buildings.

There are no playgrounds.

So Luzader told the kids to imagine what they could see, using “school colors and school spirit.”

The winner in Butler is Emma Taylor, a fourth grader. Her drawing brightly says Butler Rocks!

In Bellville the winner is Liliana Trunzo, who is in the fifth grade. Her drawing shows the school, with Colts and a rainbow arcing from the school building.

Other winners in Butler are Hayden Wilson, Lucy Meyer, Ayla Wilson and Ian Lang.

In Bellville the other winners are Ashtyn Wine, Kalleigh Walker, Quinn Stover and Kodak Muntain.

Kids in Luzader’s classes — she has 18 in Butler and 18 in Bellville — have been learning many basics required of an art teacher. She has been teaching about color, line, form, the value of space. After kids learn about those things, their creativity and artistic skill will take over, Luzader said.

Kids in each grade — one through five — competed by making drawings of yearbook cover designs.

Then, the drawings were displayed and the kids voted on who would be named winner.

The first place winner at each school will get the cover of the yearbook. Kids who placed with other rankings will get to go on the back cover of the yearbooks.

Luzader said the winning art work has been submitted to the yearbook publisher, MPS Photo, in Ontario. The position of art teacher here means Luzader is one of the “essentials.”

This refers to teachers in several categories, who provide physical education, computer, music and art instruction. The “essentials” switch from school to school, after putting in three days in a row in a building.

This system works much more efficiently, Luzader said, because in the past people could only put in a half day in a school.

And the time one could spend in each class was 35 minutes. It is now 50 minutes per class.

In teaching art, it takes time to introduce the subject to be discussed, to get supplies, said Luzader.

Teaching under those older circumstances made it more difficult to get a job done, she said.

Luzader is looking forward to getting a new set up when the two new buildings are finished. The Butler building is scheduled to be ready for a move-in event in December of this year. It has not been decided when the Bellville building will be ready.

Luzader said the facilities currently aren’t really set up adequately for little kids. In Butler, there is a big utility sink, which is “not suitable for small kids.”

One of the things Luzader yearns for in new art rooms is “light and ventilation.”

The new rooms will probably have good wall space, which would make it easier to hang art work and instruction papers.

Kids in the first grade at Butler have been learning about the artist Kandinsky, and trying to use some of his techniques to create works. They created colorful works with sweeping lines.

The Butler art room is crowded with fanciful pinch pots, and coil pots. Plus, there are water color creations.

Many of the pieces look more than “suitable for framing.”

There is going to be an art show at the end of next week where works will be displayed in Bellville. The art works will be available for people to see at the same time the production Footloose is going to occur. That musical will be performed March 16, 17 and 18.

This picture on a paper plate was done by a student who wanted to know if she could put in hay stacks. Luzader told her to try it. Louise Swartzwalder | Bellville Star picture on a paper plate was done by a student who wanted to know if she could put in hay stacks. Luzader told her to try it. Louise Swartzwalder | Bellville Star