Woodburn girl's art featured in statewide calendar
A Woodburn-area seventh-grader was among 13 Oregon students to be honored for their artwork at a reception at the Oregon State Fair.
Faith Hans, who is home-schooled along with her six older brothers and sisters, won a spot in a calendar context sponsored by the Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) Foundation.
Each month in the calendar features one of the winning students art, and each day of the year has a fact about agriculture.
Faiths piece, a watercolor painting of two of her neighbors cows (Tizzy and?Curly), will crown the calendars January page. The school-year calendar will be distributed statewide by AITC.
According to a release from the foundation, more than 1,500 students from 29 counties entered this years contest, which called for artwork depicting Oregon agriculture.
The contest is open to all Oregon public, private, charter and homeschool students in kindergarten through sixth grade.
The calendar contest is a great project for teachers and families, said Jessica Budge, AITC executive director and coordinator of the calendar contest. It gives everyone an opportunity to discuss the bounty and beauty of Oregon agriculture and incorporate art into a project.
This is not Faiths first time entering, or winning the contest. According to her mother, Debbie, she has entered it for the past three or four years, earning an honorable mention in 2013 but winning the cover in 2012.
Shes always loved to draw, and so do her siblings, said Debbie Hans, who lives with her family east of Woodburn, near Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm. She has spent a lot of times drawing, but the last couple years, she has started trying watercolor.
Debbie said her daughter is probably not interested in art as a profession, but loves to do it on the side.
Her art is just a way she can bless other people, and just something she really enjoys, she said.
Besides having their artwork featured in the calendar, each winning student received an award and $50 certificate at an Aug. 24 ceremony.
All 13 winners artwork was also on display throughout the Oregon State Fair, which concluded on Labor Day in Salem.
Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping students grow in their knowledge of Oregons agriculture, environment and natural resources.
It provides free educational lessons, activities and resource materials to Oregon educators to support the integration of agricultural themes into academic subjects such as math, science, history and language arts.
For more information, visit aitc.oregonstate.edu.