Black Hill Partnership Blog
In the fall of 2015, Barnesville embarked on a school-wide partnership with Black Hill Regional Park to enhance outdoor and environmental education across the School’s curriculum. This blog chronicles related programs and activities.
Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences seventh grader Jordan T. earned an Honorable Mention for her goldfinch silhouette bird carving in the Annual Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival.
Working under the guidance of wildfowl woodcarving specialist, Gary Stenger, Barnesville fourth and seventh grade students created bird silhouettes that were submitted for the Youth Competition held in Ocean City April 28-30.
Barnesville seventh graders learned carving techniques from Mr. Stenger and his wife Pam. Using dremel sanders and other tools, students created feather grooving texture and added additional details with paint on wooden goldfinch silhouettes. Fourth graders painted morning doves. Reclaimed wood from a Barnesville family’s farm was used to mount the silhouettes on wooden bases.
This is the second year that Mr. Stenger worked with Barnesville students, building on the School's partnership with Black Hill Regional Park.
Barnesville fifth graders, Toby A. and Auveen K., each earned 4th Place Honorable Mention recognitions in the Laughing Gull Silhouette contest at the 46th Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival. Local wildfowl woodcarving specialist, Gary Stenger, accepted the awards on behalf of the Barnesville students. Thanks to Mr. Stenger’s coaching and sponsorship, every Barnesville student painted a wooden silhouette of a Laughing Gull for the national competition.
Local Woodwork Artist Carves Path for Barnesville Students to Participate in National Waterfowl Art Competition
Barnesville students are participating in the national Laughing Gull art contest. Working under the guidance of wildfowl woodcarving specialist, Gary Stenger, students are decorating miniature wooden birds that will be submitted for the 46th Annual Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival, held in Ocean City this April.
“We are very fortunate to be working with Mr. Stenger as part of our partnership with Black Hill Regional Park,” said Tara Barnhart, Barnesville School’s Arts & Sciences Coordinator. “When he learned about our efforts to integrate art with science and environmental education, he not only suggested this project, he also generously offered to sponsor each Barnesville student's entry fee to be part of the competition. We are thrilled to have his support and expert instruction.”
Based on contest regulations, Barnesville’s Director of Facilities, Bernie Weintraub, cut out wooden bird silhouettes. Middle school students then sanded the cut-outs to prepare them for painting. Students in Preschool through 8th grade each painted their own wooden bird, using the three required paint colors to reflect the colors of this year’s selected laughing gull. The next time Mr. Stenger visits Barnesville, he will demonstrate wood carving techniques that add texture.
After the competition, students will get to keep their artwork.
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