The focus of the calendar is to use the students’ art to raise awareness about the need for water conservation.
Students featured are Mason Nolan, 12, son of Dylan and Tammy Nolan; Charde Ferguson, 12, daughter of Charlie and Nicole Ferguson; Kayla Hydrick, 12, daughter of Kerri and Michael Hydrick; Erin Kenney, 12, daughter of Darlene and Steve Kenney; Connor McGarr, 14, son of Jeff and Kim McGarr; Gabrielle Driese, 11, daughter of Rebecca and Darren Chandler; and Justin Boodlal, 13, son of Adesh and Cindy Boodlal.
The students entered their work into a contest for a chance at winning a spot in the calendar. The contest was open to all middle school students from Paulding and Cobb counties, said Becky Mixon, project manager for waterSmart.. Students had to create a piece of art, using any medium, with the theme of, “What does water conservation mean to me?,” she said.
“Once all entries were received, they were judged on artistic ability, water relevance, and overall creativity by a panel of local art and conservation enthusiasts,” Mixon said in an email.
A total of 73 students entered the contest, including 45 from Paulding. Dobbins is the only middle school in the county which participated in the contest, said Kaitlin Jezequel, visual arts teacher at Dobbins.
“I found out about the contest last year,” Jezequel said.
The calendar began publication in 2011, featuring work created by 2010-2011 students from Cobb and Paulding, Mixon said.
Students were required to write a 100-word essay to accompany their art, not used in judging, which describes their creations.
Nolan focused on World Water Day, an international day focusing on conserving water, in his painting, he said.
“I based it on saving water,” Nolan said.
McGarr opted for a different medium by using cardboard as his canvas. He ripped it to make the sides look textured, McGarr said. He focused on the need to keep water clean.
“Water is life,” he said in his essay.
The calendars are free and can be picked up through contacting the schools, at The Art Station – Big Shanty in Kennesaw and can be downloaded and printed online, Mixon said.
For more information about the calendar, to download the calendar or for tips on water conservation visit watersmart.net.