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Federal Hocking High School student Katelyn Baker poses with her picture

Photo courtesy of: Patton College of Education


This artwork from a Plains Elementary student was auctioned off during Patton College's 2010 event.

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Patton College art auction raises money for Federal Hocking students

Students and faculty of Ohio University and Federal Hocking High School recently gathered along with community members in McCracken Hall for the 6th annual Art Auction hosted by The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education.

Each year the college reaches out to create the collaboration with nearby school districts that displays works of art by students and sells them at auction. Proceeds are split evenly between the student who produced the work and his or her school's art program.

Patton College of Education Dean Renée A. Middleton officially kicked off the silent auction after congratulating the student artists.

"This is where the experience comes full circle," Middleton said, referencing how teachers are trained in the Patton College and are then given the opportunity to go out and impact student's lives that just might end up back in the hands of the college.

Indeed, it had come full circle at this year's auction. Ellen Hadley, the art instructor at Federal Hocking, is an Ohio University alumna. She graduated with a degree in art education and has been teaching art for the past seven years. After being approached by the college, she knew she had to put together a special project for the auction.

"This project was (a study) in abstraction, based on emotions, and (the focus was) on the process of creation, going in depth at each stage," Hadley said, "Art is a great way to communicate with teens, to get them to bring out those inner parts of themselves."

Federal Hocking senior Leigha Brudno mentioned how she favored Hadley's teaching style.

"You work at your own pace. It is very much up to you [the student] to be motivated," Brudno said.

Brudno's piece, "I Spy with All My Eyes," was an illustration that sold for $35. She noted that the work started out as only a sketch in some notes.

"My notebooks are always covered, I don't think I can not draw on something," Brudno said.

The bidding came to a close after patrons had been served refreshments and given the chance to explore all the works on the walls. The highest bid of the evening, $250, was placed on an impressive elephant mosaic. 

The artist, Federal Hocking senior Shawn Parsons came dressed in a letterman's jacket and polo. Both his frame and jacket suggested a commitment to athleticism, and the description written below his piece showed how much thought, care and process went into his work. He eloquently described the textures and colors he wished to achieve and the method he used to achieve them.

In total the auction raised $1,300 for the Federal Hocking School District. Hadley said the money would be put to use in purchasing a new kiln for the school.