Students produce artwork for state legislators


Woodbury Elementary fourth grade students make a newspaper sculpture piece recently as part of art gifted to state legislators.

Students in Fisher Elementary and Woodbury Elementary art classes taught by Maggie Parks worked on art pieces, which were gifted to elected officials at the State Capitol recently.

Fisher kindergarten through fourth grade students made jungles, Woodbury first and second graders made underwater fish scenes and Woodbury third and fourth graders made recycled newspaper sculptures.

In all, 17 pieces of art were sent from Marshalltown to the state legislators.

“The task was very enjoyable for the students and they were highly engaged,” Parks said.

Parks said the project was part of an Iowa Alliance for Arts Education effort as part of Fine Arts Advocacy Day at the capitol. She partnered with another art teacher from West Des Moines on this effort.

“This year we decided to present each new legislator, and the House and Senate leaders with a gift of a work of art made by students in Iowa.” Parks said. “We want the legislators to remember the fine arts when they make education policy decisions. Each artwork had the targeted standards the students performed on the back to showcase the learning that takes place when making artwork.”


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Woodbury art project


State Senator Jeff Edler displays a piece of art given to him from Fisher Elementary School.