12/17/11 ‘WINTERSCAPE’ WINNER

Second-grader wins Christmas card design contest
Haw River Elementary second-grader Landon Terry created the winning Christmas card design for the Alamance-Burlington School System, which is shown Friday propped up on the table.

Sam Roberts / Times-News

   Haw River Elementary second-grader Landon Terry created the winning Christmas card design for the Alamance-Burlington School System, which is shown Friday propped up on the table.

‘WINTERSCAPE’ WINNER
Landon Terry’s creation includes fir trees, snow and a rustic fence
By Mike Wilder The Times-News 12/17/11     
Reprinted with permission.
   HAW RIVER — Few non-professional artists get their work on the front of a card.

   Landon Terry is an exception.

   The second-grade student at Haw River Elementary School won a competition that was open to students in kindergarten through third grade in the Alamance-Burlington School System. His design is on the front of a “Happy Holidays” card sent out by Superintendent Lillie Cox.

   The competition’s theme was “WinterscapeWonder.” Landon created a landscape including fir trees, snow and a rustic fence.

   The card-design contest began with an email from the school system’s main office to elementary school art teachers.    Tara McKenna, Haw River’s art teacher, chose Landon’s as the strongest from among her students’ work. That made him a finalist along with other students whose art was submitted from elementary schools.

   For the trees and fence, Landon dipped pieces of cardboard into paint to create that part of the landscape using a stamping technique. The method creates a visual impact that suggests real fir-tree branches and needles.

   Landon described himself as proud and excited to have his design chosen.

   McKenna said his good work was also fast: “He only had two class periods to do it.” The 7-year-old is the son of Candace Harper and Robert Terry. His younger brother, Logan, attends Haw River as well. Landon’s classroom teacher is Jennifer Yurick. He said art is his favorite subject and that drawing is his favorite hobby. McKenna said Terry has talent to go along with his interest.

   “Every single art project that he’s made, I see more and more improvement,” she said. Principal Julie Jailall said it’s evident Terry has a lot of support from his extended family, with a large group showing up to see him recognized. That support extends to the school community. “We’re going to frame his picture and put it in a central place in the office,” she said.