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Woodburn girl's art featured in statewide calendar


Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Homeschooled seventh-grader Faith Hans, center, poses with her mother, Debbie Hans, and Greg Thompson, master of ceremonies for the Oregon State Fair event. 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 student’s art, and each day of the year has a fact about agriculture.

Faith’s piece, a watercolor painting of two of her neighbor’s cows (Tizzy and?Curly), will crown the calendar’s 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 year’s 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 Faith’s 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.

“She’s 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 Oregon’s 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.

Tyler Francke covers all things Woodburn. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-765-1195.