MONTAGUE – If you’ve visited the Muskegon Area District Library, 8778 Ferry St. in Montague, you may have noticed some unique artwork on display.
The artwork comes courtesy of the fifth graders at RRO Elementary School, 4859 Knudsen St. The artwork will be on display until June 12, and was done as part of a special art program taught by professional artist Lori Eslick.
Teacher Karen Kraai applied for a grant from the Community Foundation of Muskegon County to help pay for Eslick’s services at the school.
Eslick is a professional children’s book author and illustrator who graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design in 1999. Eslick worked with the students to work on illustrations that tied into their social studies lessons.
Students learned about Native Americans, tying in “Nishnawbe” a book she wrote and illustrated into the curriculum. Eslick did a similar project with the students at Ealy Elementary School in Whitehall.
In Fremont she worked with students to do art projects about the Karner Blue Butterfly, and had them write their state representative to have it become Michigan’s state butterfly.
Eslick said she has been working with classrooms for seven years, and enjoys the relationships she builds with her students. Her husband Golman is a teacher at Montague High School.
She said her husband has always spoke highly about the school district, and after working with students there she said she could see why. She said students at MAPS are very positive and respectful.