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Barnesville Eighth Graders Show Artworks at BlackRock Center for the Arts
Posted 03/14/2019 04:41PM

Artworks by eighth grade students from Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences will be on exhibit at BlackRock Center for the Arts from Friday, March 15 through Saturday, March 23. In advance of the public exhibit, students hosted an art show at the Terrace Gallery March 13.

The Barnesville exhibit is the second in a series celebrating Youth Art Month, an annual celebration emphasizing the value of art education, encouraging support for quality school art programs, and recognizing the valuable skills developed through the visual arts curriculum that are not possible in other subjects. Sponsored by the National Art Education Association, the theme for Youth Art Month this year is “Your Art, Your Story.”

Working alongside Barnesville Art Teacher Sarah Eargle, students created a diverse portfolio of work, ranging from sculpture, to painting, drawing, and conceptual art. Students produced at least three artworks around a theme of their choice. They worked independently and in groups to create their artworks.

On Monday, the artworks were taken to BlackRock, where 8th graders learned how to install an exhibition. An artist statement accompanies each grouping of artwork and explains the student’s theme and what art media/processes they used to create their work.

BlackRock’s gallery curator, Anne Burton, recognized students with the following awards:

  • Best in Show- Nina R.

  • Runner Up- Jasper T.

  • Best in Drawing- Tobi A.; Taylor G.

  • Best in Painting- Liam E.; Jenna R.

  • Best in Sculpture- Lucy W.

  • Best in Ceramics- Drew W. and Matthew C.

  • Best Composition- Carissa P.

  • Most Compelling Theme- Emily K. and Auveen K.; Christina R. and Gabby A.

  • People’s Choice- Liam E.

Photos of the show and related artworks can be viewed on Facebook

Barnesville's visual arts program is an integral part of the School’s academic curriculum. In 2018, Ms. Eargle introduced the concept of “Teaching Artistic Behavior” or TAB. In the TAB classroom, students are assumed to be artists and treated as such. These artists take ownership over their classroom, which in turn functions as an authentic art studio. Students practice the habits that all artists use: Envision, Observe, Stretch and Explore, Engage and Persist, Reflect, Develop Craft, Understand Art Worlds, and Express. Artists produce all kinds of studio work from “Wonderful Works of Art” (WOW) to sketches and explorations. You can read more about TAB on her Barnesville Buzz Blog. 

Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences is an independent private school in Montgomery County, Maryland offering innovative preschool through 8th grade programs. Cross-curricular teaching encourages students to explore how subjects relate to one another, helping them to make connections that spark inquiry and deepen understanding. Small classes enable skilled teachers to engage each child in an academically challenging environment. Our 30-acre campus is our extended classroom, and we integrate nature into everyday learning.


An independent private school in
Montgomery County, Maryland
offering innovative preschool
through 8th grade programs.

Barnesville School

21830 Peach Tree Road
PO Box 404
Barnesville, MD 20838

p: 301.972.0341
f: 301.972.4076


We offer a vigorous academic program for students as well as engaging, hands-on learning experiences.


Our positive, supportive learning environment promotes imagination, exploration, personal growth, and achievement.

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