Fifth grade art students create "antiques" 5.06

Written by David Green.

Start with a Chinette paper plate. Draw the design. Add some watercolor. Finish it off by tracing the design with a marking pen. Bend a coat hanger to form a

That’s all it takes to create a simple version of the famous Blue Willow ceramic plates.

Jane Brasher-Garrow’s fifth grade students at Morenci Middle School heard the story that the original 18th pottery was based on and they went to work.

“The kids love the story,” Mrs. Brasher-Garrow said, and they were filled with questions about what might have become of the star-crossed lovers in the tale from China.

“I thought that some of the kids would have a tough time with the project, but all of them did a really nice job,” said the teacher. “I’m really proud of them, and they were proud of their creations.”

It’s a project that Mrs. Brasher-Garrow will bring back next year for the new crop of fifth grade students.

• A selection of the plates will be in display in the high school gymnasium starting Thursday in the annual all-school art show.

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