Student rodeo artwork goes on display Saturday

Carolina Astrain By Carolina Astrain

Jan. 10, 2013 at 5:05 p.m.
Updated Jan. 10, 2013 at 7:11 p.m.

"Into the West," by Victoria East High School junior Heidi Shay.

"Into the West," by Victoria East High School junior Heidi Shay.   Carolina Astrain for The Victoria Advocate

Bluebonnets, cattle and horses have filled the minds of public school art students since the start of the school year.

After months toiling away on canvases and kilns, 400 students will show their work at the Victoria Fine Arts Center and Annex on Saturday afternoon. The show is part of the the Houston Livestock Show Rodeo Art Competition.

But not all of the paintings and sculptures will remain for public afternoon viewing.

Volunteer judges representing the Houston Livestock Show Rodeo Art Competition will take the top work with them after judging the show. The work will compete at the Houston livestock show. The students could win scholarships and have their work auctioned.

Sitting silently next to her chattering classmates, Victoria East High School senior Erica Guadalupe-Estrada, 16, glides her pencil to finish up some last-minute shading.

Her stencil drawing of a young girl on a milky white steer is based on a photo of Erica's father and older sister from years ago.

"It's just something I thought was really beautiful," Erica said. "It was taken about 14 years ago. It's a treasured memory of when my sister was a little girl."

As part of the competition rules and regulations, all artwork must be an original composition. Any striking resemblance to copyrighted material would disqualify a student from the show.

Various pieces of student artwork in teacher Candace Coyle's class were based on personal photographs fitting the "western" theme.

Coyle, who also served as this year's head of the district's livestock commission for the art show, said she and other teachers across the district have spent late nights monitoring the students' work.

"I know I've been truly blessed this year," Coyle said. "They just keep getting better and better."

Entries submitted to the rodeo art competition come from students in kindergarten through the 12th grade.

"I love seeing the look on their faces when they find out they've placed," Coyle said. "It's so worth all the time they spend working on the art."

Erica is happy with the result of her artwork.

"I feel like it turned out pretty well," Erica said, after submitting her final draft. "It's going to be a tough competition because there are a lot of beautiful paintings."



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