Elsberry School’s fourth and fifth grade students had the opportunity to participate in the 27th Annual Picture the Music contest.
This contest encourages the creativity of students through an inspiring educational activity that invites them to create their own artistic interpretations in paintings, drawings, or colorings in response to a specific selection of classical music.
This free program is open to all students in public, private, parochial and special education school systems as well as home schools in Missouri and Illinois.
This year’s selection of music was Symphony No. 9, “From the New World” – Largo by Antonin Dvorak.
The students learned about the composer and listened to the music in music class taught by JennyLynn Heras. Then they were given paper and the creativity began.
The seven winners at the local level for Elsberry this year were: Kassidy Flynn, Ava Haworth, Allison Miller, Tyler Porter, Rachel Presswood, Katy Talbot, and Kyle Tapley. Those pictures were then sent to the St. Louis Symphony where a panel of distinguished judges reviewed the entries and the top 100 finalists were selected.
This year 12,853 students from 80 schools participated. Of the 506 entries that were submitted from the local judges, two of Elsberry’s students were among the top 100 finalists.
Haworth and Talbot were honored at an awards ceremony on Wednesday, March 29 at Powell Hall.
Now their artwork is part of a traveling exhibition appearing at several locations across the St. Louis area. Some of the places their artwork can be seen during this exhibition include: St. Louis Public Library – Schlafly Branch, Plaza Frontenac, The Magic House, and Boeing Headquarters.