Paragon National Bank is currently displaying artwork by students at Farmington Elementary School in its Saddle Creek banking center (7600 Poplar Avenue) throughout January. Located in Germantown, Farmington Elementary School serves students in kindergarten through fifth grade and is the bank’s fourth student art installation during the 2013-2014 school year.
“We take pride in helping showcase the talent of young artists in our community and believe our customers will enjoy the latest art on display from the Farmington Elementary students,” said Robert Shaw, Chief Executive Officer at Paragon.
Paragon worked with Farmington Elementary School art teacher Rebekah Laurenzi to select artwork created by 31 students in fourth and fifth grade. After learning about visual texture and the work of artist Henri Rousseau, the fourth grade students created rainforest animal prints by pressing their designs into foam sheets, rolling printing ink onto the surface and pressing the paper onto the foam.
Fifth grade students made landscape and seascape prints after learning about the famous Japanese printmaker, Hokusai. To make their designs, students cut and glued poster board together to create a landscape or seascape design with foreground, middle ground and background. Then, they rolled printing ink on the surface and pressed the paper onto the designs.
The colorful artwork was created by Emma Adair, Jack Callaway, Carlos Cardenas, Ally Carpenter, Oliver Crowder, Catherine Dely, Haley Huban, Emma Johnson, Christian Johnson, Harshitha Marepally, Rachel Stamey, Sasha Thorne, Hudson Tollison and Kevin Wang in fourth grade. Participating fifth grade students included Lea Ashford, Avery Carrico, Bella DePriest, Emily Easley, Lauren Edwards, Lily Jewel Foyle, Riley Goff, Carson Goold, Jacob Hall, Avery McDowell, Joseph Park, Sara Perkins, Michael Powell, Marjorie Ann Templeton, Kate Wiggins, Harrison Wilkes and Mina Ziai.