DCC’S ELEMENTARY ART PROGRAM CHALLENGES STUDENTS
Caption for photo: Elementary art students at DuBois Central Catholic, under the direction of Mrs. Shelia Helman and Ms. Cheyenne Helman, experiment with leather tooling.
DCC’s second graders were overly-excited to make something extra-special to take home in celebration of the holiest of seasons in the liturgical calendar. Under the direction of elementary art teacher Ms. Cheyenne Helman, students accepted the challenge to try the technique ‘leather tooling’ as they personalized a simple leather cross for Easter.
Assisting Helman was her mother, Sheila, an expert in the process, who provided all the tools necessary for the students to try their hand at this form of art. Students used rawhide mallets on a base of marble to hammer their own design.
Helman says, “Students relied on their own creativity as they could select from a variety of metal stamps, ranging from symbols and letters to flowers and small animals.” Helman adds, “As a protection before taking their Easter cross home, I placed a clear sealer on each student creation.”
For certain, this hands-on activity was decidedly a different art experience for the almost 30 students involved. “And the cross could be used as a key chain or a book mark as a wonderful remembrance of their art adventure,” concludes Ms. Helman.